Cleansing is an essential part of my skincare routine, for me whether I am wearing makeup or not, a proper cleansing of the skin is a must. With years of trying and experimenting with my skin and the products I use, I have come to the terms with my skin to cleanse my skin thoroughly and properly to keep it happy. That does not mean I have to squeeze out that single last piece of oil or dirt off my skin, the aim is to cleanse everything that is either applied on the skin or everything that has come on the skin as a result of the natural process which skin goes through all the time which may be oil, dirt, grime due to environmental, aging, hormonal reasons. I have done the single cleansing, double cleansing, and even the triple cleansing sometimes. The results differ in all cases. Single cleansing is all I do in the mornings, keep in mind that I do it only when I have cleansed my face the night before, which is what I do without forgetting any single day. Double cleansing most of the evenings when I am wearing makeup or sunscreen. And triple cleansing when I am wearing heavy makeup or when I do feel like my face is clean after double cleansing. I have been lazy in the past and stop at double cleansing thinking it is enough but next day or two, new acne will show up, means I am not cleaning my face properly. You know yourself and your skin the best and when you feel something about yourself, you should be serious about it. So coming back to my cleansing routine, in the evening, either I go for double cleansing or triple cleansing. I am going to refer to the Cle de Peau Beaute Cleansing products which I have been using since last few months and have become favorites for their effectiveness and the results.
To make out the most of your first cleanse means the makeup remover, I prefer something that does the work well and removes my makeup completely, specifically the eye makeup first, instead of me rubbing my eyes and then going for another cleanser to clean the sensitive eye area. Then I go for the full face makeup removing, proceeding to the second cleanse. I have been using the Cle de Peau Eye and Lip Makeup Remover (CAD $65) since last few months and really enjoying it. Yes, enjoying it because it is so gentle yet so effective, never irritates my sensitive eyes and eye area. Cle de Peau Eye and Lip Makeup Remover is defined as the luxurious makeup remover for the delicate eye and lip areas that feels divinely silky and leaves skin dewy soft while effortlessly removes even heavy, long-wear and waterproof makeup. This bi-phase formula gives skin around the eyes and lips a beautiful supple look while also protecting eyelashes with Argan Oil and Camellia Oil.
I am really impressed with this makeup remover and would not be hesitant to say that this is one of the best out there. It removes eye makeup like no other, feels very comfortable to use, never stings the eyes, my sensitive eyes never water when I use this. To use it, I do shake it well and then dab few drops on the cotton pad and then straight to my eyes and lips. I hold it onto the makeup and then wipe off gently. The product has a very subtle yet luxurious fragrance of natural roses and rare orchids. That makes it a really pleasant experience to remove makeup and make this my first thing to do when I reach home. There is very less oil content in this product which does not leave that oily residue which seeps into the eyes after removing the eye makeup as many other eye makeups I have used do. The key ingredients include Golden Silk Essence to combat loss of clarity, translucence, and suppleness, Japanese Pearl to leave skin satin smooth, Theanine to even skin tone, and Scutella Baicalensis Extract to support skin’s beauty.
After removing my makeup, I go for either my regular cleanser or twice in a week, I go for exfoliating my skin. I prefer exfoliation during my evening or night skincare routine after removing the makeup. Cle de Peau Cleansing Clay Scrub (CAD $82) is something that can be used as the second cleanser after removing makeup, in place of the regular cleanser for two-three times in a week. Cle de Peau Cleansing Clay Scrub is described as a gentle mineral-rich cleansing clay scrub that delicately exfoliates while removing impurities, especially from pores. Skin looks visibly renewed, soft and radiant with captivating translucency.
The key ingredients are same as mentioned in the Cle de Peau Eye and Lip Makeup Remover and include Golden Silk Essence to combat loss of clarity, translucence, and suppleness, Japanese Pearl to leave skin satin smooth, Theanine to even skin tone, and Scutella Baicalensis Extract to support skin’s beauty. I have used it for few weeks and loving the results. The texture is very creamy clay and there are some grains which are very few in quantity, the most you feel is the creamy texture. I take the clay on my moist hands and apply it onto the face, avoiding the eye area and then massage it gently with circular motions over the forehead, cheeks and chin area, including my neck. Then I make sure to rinse it thoroughly, like really thoroughly. The result is radiant, soft skin with no residue.
Another important thing which I use every single day of my life is the cotton. Good quality cotton is really important to me, I did feel the difference when I first moved from the supermarket cotton pads to Shiseido ones and now adding these Cle de Peau Cotton to my routine. Cle de Peau Cotton (CAD $30 – 120 sheets) is described as the pillow-like cotton pads wrapped in soft silk that feel ultra-indulgent on skin designed especially for skincare. It is made with precious natural silk that helps improve the application of effective ingredients contained in skin care lotions and emulsions. This cotton does bring the feeling of exceptional luxury to skin with a smooth delicate texture. It uses a fine-textured silk and cotton surface to provide an exceptionally smooth and comfortable massaging sensation on the skin. It is developed using production methods that create a superior cushiony lint-resistant weave.
Clea de Peau is a brand I have recommended much in the brand, their makeup, and skincare is exceptional. I am happy to have these added to my skincare routine. Cle de Peau Beaute products, including Cle de Peau Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, Cle de Peau Cleansing Clay Scrub, and Cle de Peau Cotton is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and on the official website of Cle de Peau if you are in the US.
Chloe Nomade Eau de Parfum is the new fragrance from the fashion house Chloe to evoke the bold, adventurous side of Chloe woman. Nomade Eau de Parfum is the essence of a free-spirited and confident woman, taking inspiration from her experiences and encounters throughout the world and asserting who she is. Chloe Original Eau de Parfum is the fragrance I have used for years and have always had a backup and I was so excited to give a sniff to this new launch, the notes and the details of it interested me the most. Chloe Nomade is a woody fragrance with fresh, floral notes.
The nose behind the fragrance is of Givaudan perfumer Quentin Bisch. He created this fragrance as a floral chypre composition, including notes of Mirabelle plum, freesia, and Oak Moss. The aim was to make it less floral and more ‘dirty’ than the Chloe signature.
Chloe Nomade is described as “The intense mineral character of oakmoss is enveloped in the voluptuous softness of mirabelle plum. From this freshness emanates a bright floral note carried by freesia. Natural ingredients brought into focus by the perfumer Quentin Bisch, revealing accords as exhilarating as the feeling of escape they inspire.
The precious Nomade flacon is all about contrast. Soft round curves mix with the graphic lines of the collar. Through the transparent glass, the rosy beige fragrance is enhanced by the pink ribbon sealing the golden cap. ”
Since I love Chloe Eau de Parfum, I had the positive vibes about this one that I am going to like Chloe Nomade. This is a very interesting and wonderful addition to Chloe’s perfume collection. The top notes smell a bit wet and mossy, that I can refer to as dirty smelling, as mentioned above. These notes disappear fast and what is left is the warm, sweet, rich, and sophisticated scent. I do get a lot of wood, but the rose note is more prominent to me and it is just so beautiful, very natural. To me, this fragrance is like the original but cooler. A total classic, elegant scent and I am in love. On my skin, it lasts for around 10 hours, and I could even smell it the next day on my skin. The fragrance is safe to wear in the office or for gatherings, not very strong yet gives the sense of being present. All in all a really nice fragrance for the joyous, free, and bright days.
I have been a fan of Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence since last year and I am so excited to share with you the newly launched color collection from Decorte which I have been testing since last few days. The Decorte makeup philosophy mirrors its skincare counterpart, to enhance and emphasize healthy, glowing skin. All products in the range work in perfect harmony with the body, with luxury texture and soft-focus colors that allow women to unleash their skin’s natural life-force from within.
Decorte’s color-range is paraben-free targetting women who want functionality in their makeup and perceive youth and happiness through a dewy glowy complexion. Decorte focusses on the formulas that add a virtuous light to the face, enhancing women’s natural complexion for a refined, elegant ‘lit from within’ finish. The collection has a number of products including eye shadows, blush, highlighter, eyebrow grooming, eyeliners, lipstick, lip liner, and mascara. I am reviewing Eye Glow Gem eyeshadows, The Rouge Lipstick, and Decorte Sheer Brilliance.
Decorte Eye Glow Gem
Decorte Eye Glow Gem (CAD $35) is described as a lustrous eyeshadow color that glides softly and lightly over eyelids. The vibrant and long-lasting eye shadow dome provides a dewy shine with a gradational, three-dimensional effect with every shade. Multiple shades can be combined to create custom colors to suit your mood and style.
I have been really impressed with these eyeshadows, they are one of the softest and luxurious formula I have used. The texture is very soft and creamy, it glides on very smoothly on the lids. A single swipe is enough to give color and to build it, I go for another one from the same shade or dab the other one on the center of my eyelids to create the dimension. The staying power is pretty well, I had it on for the whole day and I could still see it nicely sitting on my lids with a little creasing by the end of the day. I apply a single swipe for the everyday work look. I really like the soft dewy finish of these glow gems.
The shades are really nice, the ones I swatched below are BR382 and BR383. They both are nice shades for day or night look, they apply effortlessly and great to have in the bag for having the intense look in the evening when going straight to a party or get-together from work. It is available in 30 shades to choose from.
Decorte The Rouge
Decorte The Rouge (CAD $45) is a lipstick available in both matte and glow formula, for a high-pigmented finish that suits every woman’s needs. The glow formula provides moisturizing, lustrous and fresh colors with a soft, balm-like texture and a melting touch. The matte formula is highly pigmented with intense colors and a moisturizing feel, to create softer, fuller, firmer lips.
The glow formula is available in 13 shades and the matte in 5 shades. I have been using these for last few days and really like the formula. They di not dry out my lips and are comfortable to wear. The staying power is good as is the texture. It is very moisturizing and makes the lips look nice and plump. The formula glides on very easily on the lips and does not emphasize the lines. The shades swatched are RD 456 and BE 354 which are both perfect for day or night and casual or outing wear.
Decorte Sheer Brilliance
Decorte Sheer Brilliance (CAD $125) is Decorte’s first ever tinted skin perfector with SPF. Decorte Sheer Brilliance is described as a gorgeous, weightless formula that delivers protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays with the inclusion of SPF 32. With one, light coat, visibly sweep away fine lines, pores, and other skin imperfections. Unwanted redness and dark spots fade away and results are pure, even-toned complexion, a touch of luminosity and a perfectly sheer sheen. The key ingredients include the calming properties of Decorte Transient Onsen Water, Algae-based X-Inflam Defense (helps skin against damages caused by environmental stress), Cell-surround 360 degree (envelops cells with powerful anti-oxidant), SPF 32 Broad Spectrum Protection (shields skin from UVA/UVB rays).
I have used this product few times and my skin looks nice and fresh with this. There is no irritation or breakouts that I noticed. The shade medium is a nice match for me. The formula is a little runny but easy to apply and blends in nicely with the skin. The texture is so super light despite SPF in it. My pores and imperfections are less noticeable and the tint is just the right amount for a natural healthy look like the way tint should be. This is a nice go-to for the good skin days and I do have to use a concealer with this one but that is all tint is about, minimal coverage and a better version of the skin you are in. One thing I would like to mention is to shake the bottle before applying otherwise you will feel the product is too watery and does not looks on color wise too.
Overall, I would recommend these products for their formulas and shade range. They are going to be regular in my daily makeup routine, check my Insta stories regularly to see how these look on me. Decorte skincare and makeup products are available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Montblanc Legend Night is a brand new creation of the Montblanc House. Mont Blanc, for over 100 years, has designed long lasting and essential accessories, writing instruments, watches, and leather goods. In 2011, the Legend Fragrance launched and has won its reputation for its signature scent and unique visual. In 2015, Montblanc Legend Spirit which is a fresh and bold version of the original fragrance was launched. This new launch is the third olfactory from the house which reveals an equally charismatic, but more mysterious side to the extraordinary gentlemen. This new fragrance emphasizes the nocturnal aspect of his personality and its name is Montblanc Legend Night. The fragrance reveals a minimalist elegance of the irresistible men and announces a more mysterious aspect than its previous editions. Along with the fragrance, there are two accessories, from Canadian brand Rocky Mountain Barber. The comb is made with natural woods, reminding the amber and woody notes of the perfume, and is ideal for all hair types. The texture paste does not interfere with eh fragrance and is great for giving the extra texture and hold for hair.
The nose behind the fragrance is Antoine Maisondieu and Olivier Pescheux. The aromatic notes of clary sage and peppermint, enhanced with cool spices like cardamom and sparkling bergamot, set the fragrance’s fresh and lively tone. “In the base notes, we wanted a strong and memorable signature, full of contrasts,” explain the two noses. “On one side some dense and vibrant woods with a duo of vetiver and patchouli wood, and on the other, the enveloping depth of musk and velvety black vanilla.” The signature counter-accord brings out the distinctive character of Montblanc man through light and shade.
The top notes are Bergamot, Clary Sage, Peppermint, and Cardamom. The middle notes are Apple, Fir, Cedar, Lavender, and Violet. The base notes are Vetiver, Black Vanilla, Akigalawood, Patchouli, and Musk.
The aesthetics of the Montblanc Legend Night bottle break with the duality of the house’s black and white codes, clearing the path for an amber color that is reminiscent of wood, the ultimate authentic material or a fiery liquor. It is embossed with relief on the upper part of the bottle and on its stopper, the emblem inspired by the snow-capped Mont Blanc and the symbol of the highest standards of quality and perfection is engraved in the black metal. The English model Simon Clark embodies the Montblanc man again for this new fragrance.
I have been loving this on my husband, it is a very sexy scent for sure. The scent is nice, masculine, and sweet yet sophisticated. It could be worn all year round. The longevity is good, on my husband it was around 6-8 hours. Montblanc Legend Night (CAD $87-50ml, $107-100ml) is available at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, Nordstrom, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Murale, Brunet, Uniprix, Familiprix and London Drugs.
In today’s world, there is not just the age that impacts on how your skin looks, but there are external factors which are equally responsible for it. Stress, hormones, weather, and what not, everything has an impact on your health as well as your appearance. Some things you can not control but there are things that can be controlled, one of which is your skin. You can take care of your skin as per your skin’s needs and you will see a noticeable difference in days. Another thing that might come to your mind is if I am taking care of my skin and seeing visible results, once I stop taking care of it or using the skincare products that used to suit your skin, it may come back to the state when you started taking care of it. Let me tell you one thing, whether it is taking care of your skin or your health, it is a lifelong process, it should be a part of your daily life and routine.
I am approaching my mid-30s and I am more knowledgeable and concerned about what my skin needs and what suits my skin than what I was 5 years back. So it is part of the whole process, you learn, you try, you experiment. In this post, I am going to talk about three products from “Dior Capture Youth” range which I am mixing and matching in my skincare routine and I have seen visible results with the products. Some of you have also complimented me on my skin when I shared my pictures on the Instagram stories.
Dior Capture Youth is a selection of powerful natural ingredients that are gentle on the skin. The whole regimen is combining an ultra-prevention cream to help delay visible signs of aging and 5 complimentary serums to fade away signs of aging as they appear. The Dior Capture Youth regimen acts to delay future signs of aging by following three main principles: “Anticipate, Control, and Maximize” The motto of this range is “Take Action Now – No Regrets”
Dior Capture Youth Glow Booster Illuminating Serum (CAD $120) is described as a serum which is 100 times more concentrated in vitamin C than oranges, Murunga Plum combined with Alpha Hydroxy Acid – AHA which brightens the complexion and acts on skin texture irregularities for a visible and tangible skin transformation. The anti-fatigue weapon against dull, asphyxiated complexions. It can be a radical energizer in periods of stress fatigue and jet lag also. I have used this serum for few days every day and then on the days when my skin needs some extra care. It has been a really nice addition to my serums, especially the ones for brightening. I mix 3-4 drops of this serum into my cream and apply it on the face. My skin looks bright and beautiful. It does not make it look oily or anything, just the natural beautiful glow which stays on all day and does improves my skin tone when using every day. I have used it in my morning as well as evening skincare routine and it has been a very nice experience. During the day, there is no issue in applying makeup over it, everything stays on very well, plus the skin is brighter which I am sure everyone likes. On the days, I am feeling my skin is dull, or I didn’t sleep well, I reach out for this serum.
Dior Capture Youth Plump Filler Plumping Serum (CAD $120) is described as a serum with three different weights of botanical hyaluronic acid molecules to rehydrate deep within and on the skin’s surface and restore skin’s fullness. The first hydration concentrate for plump, supple skin and boosted elasticity. It is ideal for an intensive treatment, means to apply it directly without mixing with cream, for dryness, sun, to fight against environmental stressors, and as an ideal anti-aging product. This product along with the glow booster serum, I am totally loving them both. I mix 2-3 drops of this serum in my moisturizer or apply directly to my face, and yes I do see visible results. My skin is supple, fuller, healthy, and plump, it looks beautiful, I can feel and see it. Not that I have wrinkles or many fine lines at this time, luckily, I still see a visible difference. I am really happy with both serums I have tried from this range. The serum sinks into the skin nicely in no time and then I follow with my moisturizer if I have applied it directly onto the skin or with my suncare and makeup. There have been no issues with my combination while using these products. Both the serums are suitable for all skin types.
Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Crème (CAD $120) is described as an ultra-fine texture delivering maximum comfort and boasts the highest concentration of antioxidant Iris Florentine and a botanical mesh that stimulates the epidermis’s internal resistance process every day, while instantly smoothing the skin. The skin is supposed to regain its optimal quality and is intensely nourished, retexturized, and toned. The cream is suitable for all skin types. It is suitable for all skin types. I have been using this cream on its own during day and night and also by mixing few drops of the Dior Youth Capture serums mentioned above. The cream did not cause any breakouts or caused any irritation on my skin. The texture is very fine and luxurious. It absorbs readily into the skin and does not leaves any residue or any heaviness. My skin looks bright, supple, more even, and hydrated. There is a subtle scent which fades away quickly. The packaging as you see is very beautiful in a light pink plastic jar which is very sturdy.
Overall, I am very impressed and the claim of seeing instant visible results is true in my case. My skin has been really liking them a lot, I have combination skin prone to breakouts and congestion for your reference but this range is suitable for all skin types. I would recommend you to check this range out, in addition to the 2 serums and the cream I reviewed above, there are 3 more serums named, Matte Maximizer for mattifying the skin, Lift Sculptor for lifting, Redness Soother for soothing the redness. So based on what your concern is you can mix and match one or two or any number of intensive treatments into your customized dose of beautiful skin. Dior Capture Youth range is available at Hudsons’ Bay, Sephora.ca. beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, HoltRenfrew, and Dior official website if you are in the US.