Grown Alchemist is an Australian brand, the foundation of the brand was a result of a research that proved the continuous use of natural active ingredients directly improved skin cell health, optimizing skin function and consequently reversing the signs of ageing. The formulas and products are created based on a unique synergy between biology and cosmetic chemistry, creating “Bio-compatible Beauty” and their trademark skincare system: Cleanse, Detox, Activate. The Detox Kit from the brand is a limited edition kit designed to renew skin and help it recover from the everyday stress and also from the weather changes. It is a perfect way to try products from the brand, to stock up on the favourites, or to gift someone special – the curation is definitely something every skin type may like and enjoy.
The limited-edition Detox Kit includes below products:
Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Facial Masque (75mL full-size) – It is a deep cleansing clay masque formulated to detoxify the skin’s appearance while noticeably improving skin firmness. It is suitable for all skin types. I apply a generous amount to clean skin and then allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes. The result is skin looks visibly revitalized, decongested and feeling smooth, toned and prepared for moisturizing. I am reaching out for this mask a lot lately, like a weekly treatment.
Grown Alchemist Detox Toner (100mL full-size) – It is a non–irritating and detoxifying facial toner that removes impurities while helping the repair of damaged skin cells; reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. After cleansing the face, spritz the fine mist onto facial skin, neck and décolletage until the skin is lightly damp then press onto skin and allow to dry. I follow with my serum or moisturizer after the mist is sunk into the skin.
Grown Alchemist Detox Serum (30mL full-size) – It is a lightweight, oil-free serum that absorbs quickly into the skin. It can be used daily both morning and evening after cleansing and before moisturizing. Apart from the facial skin, it can be applied over the orbital bone and around the eye contour area. The skin is deeply detoxified and better positioned to absorb and utilize active ingredients from serums, oils and moisturizers. I am really enjoying this for my combination skin but is gentle enough for all skin types. There is no breakout or irritation on my skin, skin looks clean and pure.
Grown Alchemist Detox Bath Salts (65ml) – It is a detoxifying bath treatment formulated with Himalayan Salt, Magnesium Crystals and nourishing botanical extracts that assist in removing environmental toxins, decreasing bodily inflammation and relieving muscular pain, leaving skin in optimal condition for moisturizing.
Overall, I am really enjoying the products in this kit – good value and lovely products – my skin is definitely feeling like it is behaving. Grown Alchemist products including this Detox Kit are available at Grown Alchemist, Holt Renfrew, Gravity Pope, Well.ca, and Netaporter.*Press samples
Nars has launched limited-edition Cool Crush Collection for Spring 2020 that is retailer exclusive. For spring this year, there is scene-stealing shimmer, gorgeous texture, and effortless tones which are perfect to play and experiment with colours and tones. The collection includes Cool Crush Eyeshadow Palette, How To Fix Cheek Palette, and Loaded Lip Laquer.
Cool Crush Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition eyeshadow palette featuring 12 shades in matte, shimmer, and metallic finishes. The shades are very pigmented and blend easily – the spectrum of shades ranging from softly diffused neutrals to striking blues and shimmering tones for pure colour captivation. The quality, formula, longevity, and ease of use – are amazing as expected from Nars eyeshadow formulas.
Below is the shade description:
Soft Chill – light beige with gold shimmer
Sexed – shimmering light gold
Superclass – metallic tan opal
Nylon – matte nude
Fresh Cut – warm brown with gold shimmer
Inception – metallic turquoise with gold shimmer
Prowl – shimmering pink rose
Shake It – shimmering melon
Feist – metallic gold bronze
Ganges – shimmering teal
Risk – matte sienna
Isolde II – shimmering copper
How To Fix Cheek Palette is a limited-edition cheek palette featuring three blushes and one highlighting powder. I am so in love with the formula and shades – buttery smooth and so easy to apply. It looks so natural, blends into the skin like a second skin – the shimmer is not overpowering or prominent. The longevity is pretty good. The application is easy – applies well both with a finger or with flat kabuki brush.
Below is the shade description (from left to right):
Gold Leash – shimmering gold highlighter
Spark Got Hot – shimmering beige pink
Dream Place – matte warm peach brown
Sugar Spirit – shimmering nude rose
Loaded Lip Laquer is an innovative lip hybrid that feels like a balm and shines like a gloss, with the payoff of a lipstick. The lightweight formula is creamy and the plush texture cocoons lips for ultimate comfort. It glides on smoothly and effortlessly. There are four seductively nude shades formulated with anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid for a deep, silky, and hydrating feeling.
Below is the shade description:
Playin’ Around – cream nude
Young Hearts – pink beige
Foxy – terracotta
Freestyle – chestnut
Overall, I am really liking this collection with all the shades, textures, and formulas. Nars Cool Crush Collection is available at Nordstrom .*Press samples
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté range has been around since 2008 and it has been growing since then – be it the limited edition launches or new additions to the range – it has become a cult favourite. The gorgeous melty shine finish and an array of fresh colours, it has been one of my favourites since the first time I tried it a few years back. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Rock’n Shine is the new addition to the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté range and it is itself a star already.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Rock’n Shine has a silvery cap that sparkles and inside is a lipstick bullet with a silver star that contains plant-sourced glitters running through its middle which makes the lips sparkle with rock star glitters, bringing a high-sparkling shine and intense shine. The lipstick glides smoothly and comfortably on the lips, the thin glitter film feels moisturizing, and at one with lips. The formula of the lipstick is intensely hydrating and nourishing – even the driest lips like mine. The lips are soft and supple while the coverage is medium and buildable – the dreamy smooth formula with the signature mango scent is just too good to be without.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Rock’n Shine is available in 16 shades of vibrant colour. From a pinky-nude beige to a rocking coral, each shade is perfectly set off by the added sparkle in the formula. The shades swatched in the picture below are:
No 6 – Orange Speaker- Burning woman intensity.
No 8 – Rock’N Red – The power of red, a star performer.
No 10 – Pink Bass – Bold pink, a pop-shot of pink.
There is a wide range of shades available in the new Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Rock’n Shine. The inspiration behind the playful, fresh shade range of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Rock’n Shine, per Tom Pecheux, the Creative Director of Makeup, YSL Beauty, “This is definitely a lipstick that everyone can relate to. I created a colour to please every woman, from young to older, to more mature, to very pale, to very dark skin. There are elements of disco and modern punk; there’s a colour to suit every mood from happy to moody – pop a layer of lipstick on and the colours will give you joy. It’s truly a lipstick that everyone can use at any age, any time of the day and any time of the night.