After the long weekend here in Canada, it has been a really long week for me. With a wedding, birthday party, guests, and work assignments, I have been looking forward to writing and sharing with you some amazing products from Surratt Beauty I have been testing since last few weeks. There is no doubt on the range of products and their quality, everything is exceptional which I have tried in the past, eyeshadows, and lipstick here and blush here. The new lid lacquer had been on my radar since it launched this year, as all the products are so versatile, exceptional in quality that you can use the product in different ways. Same with the lid lacquers, they work great on the eyelids as well as lips and even as a highlighter or blush depending on the shade, there are no rules when it comes to these products. Along with the lid lacquer, there are more products I have been using from the brand which I have been really liking as shared further in this post.
Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer is described as a unique eye gloss which creates a lustrous glow for eyelids. It is inspired by a Japanese lacquer technique called urushi, this non-sticky formula features rich pigments suspended in a moisturizing, dewy base. The finish can be either sheer or vinyl-like and can have either a wash of color or a deep opacity. The high-gloss effect provides a modern alternative to traditional shadow.
I have been using the lid lacquers almost every day and absolutely in love with them. They have the beautiful glossy finish which is always my favorite look on the eyes. The formula is very lightweight and very creamy, glides on really effortlessly. It gives a beautiful wash of color with the subtle yet glossy finish. They are non-sticky and perfect for one eyeshadow look or to layer with others. The range of shades is amazing, can work for every day as well as for editorial looks.
The packaging of these lid lacquers is in a black lacquered mini compacts with red writing. As for the application, I highly recommend you start with the tiniest amount of product. The time I have been testing them, a little extra means it will crease. I want to stress by using a little to layer and then use more for the next layer. They can be used with fingers if you have firm control to be precise with the application, it can be used with the eyeshadow brushes for blending and even application while using fingers where needed, and it can be used with the foam applicators designed by Surratt Beauty specifically for these lid lacquers. As the name suggests, lacquer means you have to use it as a lacquer, a precise and thin layer and then build up as needed. It stays on well on my eyelids for almost all day, a sheer wash of color or a little more on the lid, the glossy finish, just perfect of what I like for my everyday effortless natural look. I have the shades Komugi, Kogecha, and Kira Kira. Komugi and Kogecha I can use for my daily routine and for work, Kira Kira is more of a highlighter for my skin tone or a beautiful fun and shiny eye color for evening or occasions.
Komugi is a gleaming taupe which is buildable, it has no shimmer
Kogecha is a melted chocolaty bronze with a radiant satiny finish
Kira Kira is incandescent crystalline gloss
Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush is a long time favorite and I have reviewed them in the past in detail. The texture of the blush is very fine, they are pigmented and blend very easily. The product is made with an exclusive Japanese Slurry leaves method which makes the product very soft with a satin finish on the skin. The Japanese tradition of minimal elegance is what is implemented here too, the product in the pan might look dark or light but once applied it gives the most beautiful natural glow and color. I have been impressed with the texture and the results. A small amount is all that is needed and the results are amazing. The color payoff is good, the formula is cream-like, silky smooth and blends easily. The new shades I have been testing are Halo, Flamme, and Cantaloup.
Halo is a divine golden highlighter – bright, golden yellow with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling sheen
Flamme is a molten heat – medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a gold, frosted shimmer
Cantaloup is a golden melon – perfect peach with yellow undertones, no red or orange undertones
Surratt Beauty Surreal Skin Foundation Wand is described as a skin-perfecting foundation wand that’s a foundation and a brush in one. The Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand leaves your skin looking flawless. Its innovative design makes application easy, and it instantly melts into skin, reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines. With a number of shades to choose from, it’s perfect for every skin tone. This foundation features a self-setting, oil-free formula that provides an invisible, medium-to-full coverage and a long-wearing finish. It dispenses foundation through a brush for effortless application and quick touch-ups.
As you see the packaging, it is a very innovative product with brush and product in the same wand, and also the black sleek cylindrical tube looks amazing. The foundation comes out from the brush side when you click from the opposite side of the wand, it takes a few clicks to get used to how much product dispenses depending on your need. The formula is creamy and blends beautifully into the skin. The finish is natural and glowy, which I am a fan of. The coverage is medium and covers most of my problem areas by building it up.
The staying power of the foundation is great, stays on well for over 8 hours on me and does not oxidize. I usually apply the product on the face in dots and then blend and buff with my other foundation brush or my beauty blender. I am really impressed by how natural and radiant my face looks with this foundation. It does not cake, or settles into my problem areas or even the dry areas. I have shades 4 and 7 which both work well for me, shade 7 for the whole face and shade 4 as a highlighter or concealer. Overall, the foundation is going to be on my favorite’s list.
Surrat Beauty Surreal Skin Concealer is described as a long-lasting concealer that erases dark circles and offers surreal coverage. This creamy concealer stick helps vanish under-eye circles, dark spots, and discoloration. The enduring, opaque formula becomes one with skin and outlasts hot lights and long days. This is a beautiful product which is creamy and very lightweight. It blends seamlessly into the skin while concealing the problem area. It does not make the area cakey or dry. I use it to cover my problem areas on the face including the dark spots left by my acne, the pigmentation and also works nicely under the eyes to brighten up the area. The staying power is nice, and I do set this concealer with a loose powder. The bullet stick is easy to dab on and then smooth with my finger or a brush. It does not settle into the problem areas or lines. The finish looks natural. It is one of the best concealers I have used after my Cle de Peau Beaute and Laura Mercier Concealers.
Surratt Beauty Relevée Mascara is described as black lengthening and defining mascara for creating impossibly long, arched lashes. Its slim, angled brush lifts, arches, and gracefully fans out lashes, while the humidity-proof Japanese tubing formula hyperextends them with microfibers. The formula shrink-wraps around lashes, preventing smudges or fallout. It is a really nice mascara for giving some length and volume to the lashes, the gel-like formula does not flakes or clump. It stays on well all day, the lashes look long and thick. It is super pigmented, the richest black I’ve ever seen.
Surratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade is described as a clear, flexible wax formula works to lift, shape and hold each and every brow hair in place in one sweep. The comb-like brush grooms hairs with ease in a colorless, undetectable finish. If you see in the finish, you might think is it glue like and waxy white product but it dries clear, looks so natural, without any stiffness on the brows. It is undetectable on the brows and gives beautiful brows on sleek. The applicator takes few turns to get hold off but once you get used to it, it is going to be a favorite. It does not clump the hairs together or make them feel dry and crispy, Instead it fluffier, fuller, smooth and keep your brows in place all day long.
I am really impressed with all the Surratt Beauty products I have tried till now and these new additions are definitely going to stay in rotation for as far as I can see. I highly recommend you to check out these products if you are looking for the foundation, concealer, eyemakeup products, blushes, or the brow products, they know what they are creating and for whom they are creating, very practical products that are perfect for everyday use. You can read my previous reviews on their products which I linked in the starting of this post. Surratt Beauty is available at Sephora Canada, Beautylish, Sephora, Barneys New York, CultBeauty, and Net-A-Porter
When it comes to hair, I do have to work hard on them. I was blessed with beautiful thick wavy hair until the time I took care of my hair myself, then came the time I had chemical treatments, straightening, and what not which left my hair and scalp in dire need of help. Since then I am very particular in choosing the products and treatments for my scalp and hair. I do moisturize my scalp and hair before and after the wash, something which not only moisturizes but also nourishes and repairs them. I have been using Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender and Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream.
Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender is an ultra-nourishing and protecting lavender oil treatment suitable for all hair types. The treatment contains a combination of oils which include lavender and palm oil which work to restore the hair’s elasticity leaving it feeling reinvigorated. Damaged hair will be restored to reveal hair that is more manageable, shiny and soft. Contains vitamin E to treat the scalp. Plant oils protect the density and shine of the hair color. Christophe Robin Lavender Oil treatment will protect your hair from the damage caused by the sea, sun and wind and other environmental elements that can damage hair.
I prefer to use this oil as a pre-shampoo treatment to nourish my hair and scalp. The lavender scent also makes it a relaxing ritual. When leaving it overnight, it is very soothing. It is very nourishing, increases softness and shine of the hair, helps prevent breakage, protects against damage caused by environment, restores hair. When using it after washing and drying hair, a little is all I need and gives moisture and shine to the hair plus provides UV rays protection. While using this for over four months almost, I still have almost half of the product left. My hair is soft, shiny, and healthy. The oil is solid at normal tempurature, I keep it under warm water for few moments and it liquifies.
Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream prevents hair from drying out, repairs split ends on hair damaged by color treatments, heat, over-processing, and restores the hair’s body and shine. This treatment, composed of 97.6% natural oils, helps to restore elasticity in hair fibers and prevents breakage. It also nourishes, moisturizes, and repairs the hair while protecting from sun, salt water, and chlorine. The non-greasy, non-sticky formula is enriched with moisturizing apricot kernel oil and extracts of sandalwood pulp to instantly penetrate into your hair — deeply hydrating it without weighing it down or altering the color. Complete with SPF 6 sun protection, it delivers beautiful shine and a subtle scent. It is formulated without parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, silicones, alcohol, ammonia, oxidants, colorants.
This is one of my favorite hair cream which I have been totally in love. I use it after every wash, either on my towel-dried hair and even after styling my hair, on the mid-lengths and ends. I take a pea-size of the product both on towel-dried and styled hair. It does not weigh down my dry medium fine wavy hair but my hair feels healthy, strong, and not dry. I do feel some shine and texture when using this. This is something I would always like to keep in my haircare routine. The cream does not feel greasy or oily but feels like it coats the hair without weighing it down.
On this National Lipstick Day, I am sharing the lip products I have been liking from Pur Cosmetics. I have been really liking the 4-in-1 Lip duo from Pur Cosmetics since I tried them and reviewed them here. For me, I am more inclined towards the products which do not dry my lips, give color, hydrate lips, and the staying power is good. The two new formulas I have been trying and liking are Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick and Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Lip Duo. The packaging of both is beautiful and the applicator works pretty well and makes the application easy.
Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick
Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick (CAD $29) has an innovative mousse texture that glides on with ease and coats lips in a rich and conditioning burst of color in a true matte finish. It is designed with color perfecting technology, the formula does not flake or dry lips and provides a smooth and flawless finish.
The formula of Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick is richly pigmented, does not cracks on the lips. It contains Pur Agave extract offers durable hydration. There are light diffusing properties that help fill lines to create a flawless finish. The formula is nice and comfortable to wear. The staying power is really good, and the formula is quite pigmented.
Pur 4-in-1 Lip Duo
Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Lip Duo is a dual-ended lipstick (CAD $29) with 4-in-1 benefits. The lip-duo contains a creamy, transfer-resistant, matte lip stain on one side and an ultra-nourishing lip oil treatment enriched with moisturizers like agave and lip-plumping goodness. I have linked my previous post on this above if you are interested to read more along with the Summer 2018 collection from the brand.
The formula gently plumps, volumizes appearance of lips, conditions, and hydrates them. The staying power is really good, even after a few hours of wear, there is still stain on my lips which I really like. Depending on my mood, I just keep the matte formula on and then either top it with the lip oil for a shine and extra moisture and other times, just the matte lip color is perfect.
Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick and Pur 4-in-1 Lip Duo are available at Shoppers Drug Mart and online at Beautyboutique.ca
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the most awaited sales and you can expect all the good deals whether you are restocking your favorites or looking for something to try out and that too on a good deal. This year, there are three Beauty Exclusives I am going to recommend you to check from Charlotte Tilbury which I have been really enjoying and they are all on a really amazing deal worth checking out. I have been a fan of Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks and the Wonderglow primer which I have reviewed in the past and are still on heavy rotation in my routine. These favorites are part of the sets exclusive to Nordstrom for the Anniversary sale plus the bonus is the palette which I am most excited about.
Charlotte Tilbury The Pretty Pink Lipstick Set
The Pretty Pink Lipstick Set (CAD $70, a value of CAD $104), as the name suggests, is a beautiful trio of lip products to help create the perfect pink pout. The set includes Lip Cheat Lipliner in best-selling shade Pillow Talk, Matte Revolution Lipstick in Nordstrom-exclusive Rose Kiss, and K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Nordstrom-exclusive Blushing Dream.
Matte Revolution Lipstick in Nordstrom-exclusive Rose Kiss is a soft, warm merlot with a natural matte finish
K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Nordstrom-exclusive Blushing Dream is a cool feminine rosebud with a satin finish
If you have not tried lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury, Matte Revolution Lipstick is a matte lipstick with a long-lasting, buildable, hydrating formula featuring 3D glow pigments to create the illusion of lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller. K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick is enriched with the antioxidant Lipstick Tree, brand’s secret ingredient that naturally protects lips from UV damage, leaving them cashmere-soft and irresistible. Lip Cheat Re-Size & Re-Shape Lip Liner is a rich, velvety liner with the power to reshape, resize and balance your lips. It enhances your lip shape for up to six hours thanks to a no-smudge, waterproof formula that won’t feather or transfer.
Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Glowing Skin Set
The Gift of Glowing Skin Set (CAD $90, a value of CAD $153) is a set with two skincare products and one makeup product. It is a set featuring Charlotte Tilbury’s award-winning, celebrity-trusted skincare range that delivers everything you need for a red-carpet glow. The set includes Travel-size Charlotte’s Magic Cream Treat & Transform Moisturizer (0.5 oz.), Full-size Wonderglow Instant Soft Focus Beauty Flash, and Travel-size Magic Night Cream Instant Beauty Sleep in a Cream Elixir (0.5 oz.).
Charlotte’s Magic Cream Treat & Transform Moisturizer is a cream that contains Charlotte Tilbury’s secret mix of patented anti-aging, hydrating and youth-promoting ingredients that lift and transform tired skin in an instant, fighting the aging process on all fronts.
Wonderglow Instant Soft Focus Beauty Flash is a visionary hybrid primer that combines an anti-aging elixir and complexion-enhancing light diffusers to turn dull, dehydrated skin around in a flash.
Travel-size Magic Night Cream Instant Beauty Sleep in a Cream Elixir is an iconic moisturizer with ingredients to lift your complexion and intensely moisturize your skin, feeding skin overnight with a powerhouse of youth-boosting ingredients.
I have used deluxe sizes of the Magic Cream and the Magic Night Cream in the past but they did not last me long enough to share my thoughts but I will keep you posted when I try them again. The Wonderglow primer is a staple in my routine, gives a beautiful glow to the skin, skin looks very healthy and radiant. I have linked my detailed review here.
Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Glowing Skin Palette
Pretty Glowing Skin Palette (CAD $102, a value of CAD $153) is a palette featuring everything you need to look instantly healthy, glowing and pretty. That means there is a powder, contour, blush, and glow in one single palette. As with the Wonderglow I have mentioned above, the products I have used from Charlotte Tilbury have been staples due to the quality and performance, have recommended them earlier and will do again so. The blush, setting powder, bronzer, and highlighter from Charlotte Tilbury, the formulas are very fine and creamy, melts into the skin, and blends beautifully to give the most natural finish.
The palette includes:
– Airbrush Powder #2 – a warm powder with golden undertones and a soft velvety texture
– Blush in Pretty – a youthful rosy flush to illuminate any skin type
– Illuminating Glow (top left) – a soft champagne to highlight and illuminate
– Bronze and Contour – a neutral cocoa to tone, slim, sculpt and define
– Summer Blush – a bright coral with a soft sheen
– Highlighting Glow (bottom right) – opalescent with golden/pink undertone to layer and highlight
It is a very travel-friendly palette, there are two blushes, a bronzer, setting powder, and highlighter, and that too in shades that are suitable to most of the skin tones. I have medium tan skin tone and have been loving the shades on me. The pigment is overdo-friendly, means you can build it up easily and do not have to worry about overdoing any shade.
These are the exclusive sets for a great price to check out before they sold out at your nearest Nordstrom or their online site for their Anniversary Sale which ends August 5th.
Healthy skin is not that just looks healthy, it should feel healthy too. Skin which is irritated or dry or any other condition which might not be visible but could be felt. One of the common reasons is dehydrated skin or the skin that is depleted from the moisture during the day or as the day continues. Vichy Aqualia Thermal is all about natural rehydration for healthier-looking skin. The products are formulated with 97% natural-origin ingredients, including Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water that contains 15 essential minerals, to keep skin hydrated and refreshed for 48 hours. There are no parabens, mineral oil, or silicone in the products and is suitable for even the sensitive skin types. Rehydrated skin can be referred to as skin natural, plumped, tonic and glowing with health.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum recharges dry & dehydrated skin with intense hydration, using 97% naturally-derived ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid, fortifying Vichy mineralizing water, and plant sugar mannose. Skin is instantly dewy-fresh, feels comfortable, stays hydrated for up to 48 hours and are as reinforced even under climate variations, stress, or pollution. It is suitable for all skin types.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Water Gel recharges dry & dehydrated skin with intense hydration, using 97% naturally derived ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid, fortifying Vichy mineralizing water, and plant sugar mannose. Skin is instantly dewy-fresh, feels comfortable, stays hydrated for up to 48 hours and are as reinforced even under climate variations, stress, or pollution. It is suitable for combination to oily skin types.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Cream – Light recharges dry & dehydrated skin with intense hydration, using 97% naturally derived ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid, fortifying Vichy mineralizing water, and plant sugar mannose. Skin is instantly dewy-fresh, feels comfortable, stays hydrated for up to 48 hours and are as reinforced even under climate variations, stress, or pollution. It is suitable for normal to combination skin types.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Cream – Rich recharges dry & dehydrated skin with intense hydration, using 97% naturally derived ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid, fortifying Vichy mineralizing water, and plant sugar mannose. Skin is instantly dewy-fresh, feels comfortable, stays hydrated for up to 48 hours and are as reinforced even under climate variations, stress, or pollution. It is suitable for dry skin.
There is an option for all skin types as hydration is a must for all skin types even if you have oily skin types. The moisturizer can be applied after cleansing the face and after the serum. The texture of the products is very nice and absorbs into the skin without leaving a residue. If you are looking for hydration with benefits of fresh, plump, toned skin, no matter your skin type, you have had an option to choose from the three moisturizers and the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum is suitable for all skin types. Another plus point is it is suitable for even the sensitive skin types and is Hypoallergenic. Vichy Aqualia Thermal range is available at Vichy.ca