Azzaro Chrome Under the Pole(CAD $95 – 100ml) is a new fragrance from Azzaro in partnership with the Under The Pole team expedition. It is a new limited edition fragrance celebrating an embodying freshness for men, a symbol of freedom and escape, inspired by the Under The Pole expeditions from pole to pole.
Under The Pole, is you are not aware, is a polar expeditions program dedicated to pushing the human limits of undersea exploration and especially the Arctic and Antarctic regions. It is led by an adventurer couple, Ghislain Bardout and Emmanuelle Perie-Bardout, with their children on their boat named “Why”. Driven by the innovative and bold approach, they are studying for better scientific knowledge and want to capture new wonderful images of this world difficult to access. Azzaro wants to make life an adventure with no limits and make each day an exhilarating experience by pushing people to desire the impossible, create surprise or try their luck…and become who they really are. We all have the power to live every moment more intensely. The partnership between Azzaro and Under The Pole is driven by the same pioneering spirit and passion.
Chrome’s emblematic signature is reinterpreted in a new and original formula. Its alcohol content is replaced by water, producing an even more extreme and pervasive freshness. An invigorating sensation permeates the skin from the moment the fragrance is applied. This immediate freshness creates an instant chilling effect, as biting as the polar winds. The scent is housed in a unique bottle, inspired by the ice caps, the focus of the Under The Pole mission’s research. The gradient effect of its luxurious blue lacquering reflects the varying shades of the ocean’s depths.
As mentioned, In this new and innovative formula, alcohol has been replaced by a proprietary cooling ingredient for extreme freshness. Top notes are rosemary, pineapple, neroli, bergamot, and lemon; middle notes are cyclamen, coriander, jasmine, and oakmoss; base notes are sandalwood, tonka bean, musk, oakmoss, cedar, Brazilian rosewood, and cardamom. Chrome Under The Pole, in a limited edition, is available at the Hudson’s Bay and Jean Coutu.
Burt’s Bees has been around for over 35 years, bringing the beauty, wisdom and power of nature into the products that are delightful, safe, effective, and accessible. Burt’s Bees Beauty is formulated with the help of skincare philosophy and leading makeup artists. The collection launches with seven classic essentials- liquid foundation, powder foundation, blush, mascara, eye shadow, eye liner, brow pencil, and the glossy lipstick. The products are made with natural ingredients, formulated without paraben’s, phthalate’s, SLS, petrolatum, talc, synthetic fragrances or silicone’s. They are dermatologist-tested and are not tested on animals.
Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Liquid Makeup (CAD $19.99) is a hydrating, full-coverage formula that leaves skin with a radiant, natural-looking finish. The key ingredient is meadow-foam which is responsibly sourced. The foundation is claimed to be 98.9% natural. The formula is very medium coverage, easily build-able, creamy, not very liquid’y or thick, perfect to apply and blend. It blends easily into the skin without giving the feeling of having something heavy on the skin. It is moisturizing, even for my combination skin, I did not see any oiliness or even any dryness. It did even out my skin and was not cake’y or heavy at all. It did not oxidize on my skin during the day. The foundation is available in 12 shades from very light to very dark.
Burt’s Bees Mattifying Powder Foundation (CAD $17.99)is described as a shine controlling formula with lightweight, buildable coverage. It is claimed to be 100% natural. It mattifies the skin and also controls the shine. It does not dries out the skin, just enough to mattify and not dry out. It is available in 6 shades. If you do not want to use it as a foundation, you can also use it as a setting powder as the powder is very lightweight but buildable in case you are using it as foundation.
Burt’s Bees Blush (CAD $14.99) is described as a nourishing, vitamin-infused blush that blends seamlessly for a warm, natural glow. The key ingredients of this blush are bamboo and honey. It is claimed to be 100% natural. The formula is lightweight and blends evenly and easily into the skin. It is available in three shades. The one I have swatched below is Toasted Cinnamon which is a peachy orange shade and perfect for my medium tan skintone to give it a little color and look very natural. The wear time is good, stays on for over five hours over my foundation.
Burt’s Bees Glossy Lipstick (CAD $9.99) is described as a shiny, moisture-rich color that nourishes and hydrates the lips. The key ingredients are moringa oil, red raspberry seed oil, and mimosa flower wax. It is claimed to be 100% natural. The lipstick is very lightweight, and hydrating, keeps the lips comfortable without drying them. The color is sheer but buildable. The shade swatched below is the Peony Dew which is a pinkish nude for me.
Burt’s Bees Eye Shadow (CAD $14.99) is described as long-lastin, mineral-infused color that blends easily and does not budge. The key ingredients are bamboo and honey. The is claimed to be 100% natural. The formula is smooth, does not crease, fade, and smudge. It is formulated keeping in mind the sensitive eye area, it did not irritate my sensitive eyes and eye area. It is available in four nature-inspired trios and the one I have swatched below is the Dusty woods.
Burt’s Bees Nourishing Mascara (CAD $13.99) is described as a gentle, long-wearing formula that instantly lengthens and defines lashes. The key ingredients are jojoba oil and glycerin. It is claimed to be 100% natural. The formula is long-wearing, nourishes the lashes and lengthens them. It did not irritate my eyes and is available in two shades. The one shown in the picture is black-brown.
Burt’s Bees Nourishing Eyeliner (CAD $14.99) is described as a fade resistant color that nourishes, defines, and enhances the eyes. The key ingredients are wood pencil with responsibly sourced cedar, jojoba oil, responsibly sourced meadow-foam and mango oil. It is claimed to be 99.9% natural. It is formulated for the delicate eye area and is safe for sensitive eyes and also for contact-lens wearers. It is available in three shades and the shade I swatched below is the soft black.
Burt’s Bees Brow Pencil (CAD $12.99)is described as a soft, natural looking color that fills, defines, and shapes brows. The key ingredients are a wood pencil with responsibly sourced cedar, jojoba oil, shea butter. It is claimed to be 99.9% natural and formulated for the sensitive eye area. IT is available in two shades and the shade I swatched below is the brunette.
Burts Bees Beauty is available at select food, drug, mass, online retailers, and on www.burtsbees.ca
La Prarie is a brand I trust and treasure each drop of the product I use. La Prairie White Caviar Collection is all about exceptional brightening and firming benefits are enhanced with golden caviar extract for a softly-lit luminosity. Uneven tone appears to fade away, leaving skin with an illuminated youthfulness. The key benefits include – helps brighten skin and minimize the appearance of discoloration, helps maintain an even skin tone, and helps increase firmness. I was part of the launch event of the new addition the White Caviar Collection called the White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire a few weeks back and it was such great experience to know the science and research behind the product. There was a detailed view of the lab, scientists, and the ingredients used. Since then, I have been using the La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion and the newly launched La Prairie White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire. I will first start with the new addition to the family, La Prairie White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire.
La Prairie White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire
La Prairie White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire is described as a lavish moisturizing cream that offers new levels of luminosity and evenness. The single most powerful illuminating molecule, as explained by the La Prairie team, is infused in a cream that works to banish dark spots and other skin discolorations. It is inspired by the idea of spotless, luminous skin. It works to illuminate the skin as if by flattering light, with results that are measurable in two weeks, visible in four weeks, and extraordinary in eight weeks.
Following years of research that included 50,000 ingredients to find the single most powerful brightening active, Lumidose was identified by the scientists at La Prairie. This patented molecule is said to be most effective in supporting the inhibition of melanin, the pigment that causes dark spots. The formula’s optimized concentration of Lumidose helps it to reach the source of discoloration. Lumidose is paired with La Prairie’s Smart Crystal White, a delivery system for a powerful brightening active that works to interrupt the signaling pathways of melanin production. It is formulated with rare Golden Caviar extract found only in White Caviar Collection, which provides firming benefits. La Prairie’s exclusive cellular complex helps give new life and energy back to the very cells.
About the packaging, the power of light contained in White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire is hinted at from the moment it emerges from its silver box. The clean lines of the pearlescent, cylindrical vessel are punctuated by a brilliant, sculpted ring that evokes the collection’s namesake caviar beads. The high polish silver cap opens like a jewel box to reveal an integrated, light-reflecting mirror. With the press of the sleek inverted button, an innovative airless pump is activated, releasing the perfect dose of pristine white cream.
From the packaging to the formula, I am really impressed with this cream. I have combination skin which is prone to congestion, which means after every spot or blemish or the congested area heals, I have to deal with the discoloration. And over that discoloration, being medium tan skin tone, it takes me a lot more time to get that discoloration fade away. This all sometimes goes on for few months and then once I see my all clear face, then again few congested spots start that routine again where I have to use my few makeup techniques and products to hide those spots. I do get hormonal acne as well as acne due to external factors as stress, climate. To save me from all these routine and experience of having dull, blemish prone, skin with spots, I have been trying many products. White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire has come as a savior at this time, I have used it for over two weeks, I have already been noticing my skin is bright, the appearance of dark spots is blurred, my skin looks bright and luminous. I have experienced no irritation or any new congestions on the skin. There is no residue or oiliness after applying this cream, it sinks in pretty well into the skin. I have been indulging into this White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire day and night, it has become that luxurious ritual that I look forward to when I wake up and when I reach home from work in the evening. I do not experience any issues with my makeup over it and everything sits on pretty well over it. There is a subtle scent in this cream which fades away pretty quickly but overall it makes a really pleasant, exquisite, and luxurious experience to apply it.
La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion
La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion is described as a brightening serum with an exclusive formula that targets dark spots, redness, and greyness which are known as the three chromatic light barriers to a luminous complexion. It helps to fade the appearance of dark spots, diminishes redness, and shields skin from pollution.
“Redness, age spots that develop over time and the dull grey film caused by environmental factors are barriers to glowing skin deep within. Through their research, La Prairie scientists have discovered that skin’s uneven tone and loss of luminosity are due not only to melanin-induced spots but also to redness and dullness. La Prairie, therefore, developed a formula – the first of its kind – that works to fight not one but all three types of skin chromatic disorders. An exquisite pearly infusion encapsulates a concentrated formula containing golden caviar extract and a stable, oil-soluble form of vitamin C. Combined with innovative Diglucosyl Gallic Acid (DGA), this formula targets the three major types of skin chromatic disorders.
White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion lightens and firms, returning skin to its youthful, clear self. Skin tone is brightened, dark spots fade and the development of future spots is impeded before it begins. Firmness and elasticity are restored. Encapsulated in never-before-seen iridescent white caviar pearls that remain intact until the very last drop, White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion is as beautiful to behold as it is effective. For the first time, the three key barriers to a bright, glowing even complexion are targeted
in one breakthrough formula, revealing luminous, healthy skin.”
The packaging as you see in the picture is so beautiful, the pearls look so amazing in it, and imagine how they would feel on the skin. This has become my go-to serum as I do have dark spots and I do need light, yes the light for luminous, bright, healthy skin. I do prefer to use the products from the same collection to get the most benefits and results. I use this serum prior to the White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire. I take one and a half pump of Illuminating Pearl Infusion and apply it on my cleansed skin avoiding the eye area. I follow with my eye cream and then the White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire. The Illuminating Pearl Infusion sinks into the skin nicely without taking any time and is perfect for even the 5-minute routine in the morning. I have noticed my skin is bright, healthy, looks luminous to see and soft to touch.
La Prairie White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire and La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion have become an exquisite, and luxurious part of my White Caviar Ritual. I would highly recommend you to check these out and get your skin started with the amazing benefits of the single most powerful brightening active called Lumidose along with the rare Golden Caviar, and more. a Prairie White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire and La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion are available at La Prarie website, Saks fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Holt Renfrew in Canada.
Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale is the House’s new fragrance, a tribute to today’s femininity: a strong, free and sensual femininity, inspired by Angelina Jolie. I was part of the launch event of Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale for press where I had the pleasure to meet Thierry Wasser, the master in-house perfumer of the prestigious house of Guerlain. As intelligent and amazing his nose is, so is his imagination and work, I do not want to miss mentioning that we were sitting next to each other and I had one of the wonderful talk with him regarding the fragrances, the flowers, the parts of the world where he himself visits to see and get the flowers and we did discuss India too, not just flowers but the life, traffic, climate, colors, and the beauty of India. Let me come back to the new fragrance that I have been wearing every day nowadays.
Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale (CAD $80-30ml, CAD $119-50ml, CAD $168 – 100ml) is a luminous fragrance that gives a woman the freedom to be herself, an accomplished woman who follows her dreams. It is a fresh and gentle interpretation inspired by a flower unfolding in the morning dew. The notes of Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale is a more floral and airy version of the original Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum with additional notes of peony and enhanced dos an of Sambac Jasmine.
The top notes of Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale are Carla Lavender and Bergamot. The middle notes are Jasmine Sambac, Peony, Neroli, and Ylang Ylang. The base notes are Sandalwood, Iris, and Vanilla.
This Quadrilobe bottle designed by Gabriel Guerlain was created by the house of Baccarat in 1908. It was held legendary fragrances and over the years has established itself as one of the Guerlain’s iconic bottles, inspiring a host of artists and designers, who have reinterpreted it through their creations. Streamlined, graphic and restrained, it is inspired by an alchemist’s bottle and owes its name “Quadrilobe” to its stopper carved from a solid block to obtain a four-lobed shape. The Quadrilobe bottle pays homage to contemporary femininity by uniting the contrasts expressed by the strength of taut lines and the sensuality of curves. The bottle comes in rose gold color as compared to the champagne nuance of Mon Guerlain as also noticeable in the pictures (the 30ml bottle in pictures is Mon Guerlain while 50ml is Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale).
The fragrance, as mentioned, is a tribute to today’s femininity. Femininity is one of the most precious and mysterious words which has different faces and sides. Subtle, elusive and desirable, femininity fascinates, stirs and shakes up. It is said to be fragile, yet in reality, it is an incredible force because it is a source of life, the origin. A multi-faceted femininity, proud and emancipated, yet gentle and determined in equal measure, never giving up and believing in its dreams. Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale is all about telling this story of multi-faceted and precious femininity.
“For this composition, we wanted to focus on the floral aspect and we have fashioned it like a bouquet of white flowers, heightening the Sambac Jasmine, which is an integral part of Mon Guerlian’s identity”, explains Delphine Jelk, who co-created the perfume with the master perfumer Thierry Wasser.
“The sunny, luminous and generous facet of femininity is expressed through the jasmine overdose, just like my colleague Delphine”, adds Thierry Wasser.
Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale is a nice everyday scent for me. It is a pleasant, joyful, carefree, floral fragrance like a woman waiting for spring and summer. It is an elegant, well-blended and classic scent. It does smell less sweet than the original Mon Guerlain which is a favorite too. The longevity on me is pretty good, stays on for 6-7 hours on me.
Another thing I have been using and loving these days is the Mon Guerlain Body Lotion (CAD $66 – 200ml). It is the perfumed body lotion which presents a fluid, velvety texture that infuses the skin with comforting moisture. It leaves skin soft, supple and subtly scented. The fresh oriental fragrance enhances exceptional raw materials: Carla Lavender from Provence, Sambac Jasmine from India, Album Sandalwood from Australia and Vanilla Tahitensis from Papua New Guinea. Mon Guerlain expresses the quintessence of a story replete with experiences, nourished by success, expertise, and generosity, all infused with the same passion since 1828 by the Guerlain perfumer. The bottle, with its pure and refined lines, is the emblematic bottle for Guerlain’s bath line. The new Mon Guerlain Perfumed Body Lotion celebrates an art of living. A sensual and refined body ritual, intoxicating enjoyment, the lotion magnifies your scent for a captivating effect. The body lotion is moisturizing as well as has a beautiful scent as the original fragrance, and it is such a good companion with the fragrance to help the fragrance stay for a longer time.
Eye creams are an essential part of the skincare routine. Being the most delicate area on the face, the eye area needs extra care to keep it moisturized as well as the treatment for the kind of concern on the eye area. I started using eye cream when I was in my late 20s and I still feel I should have started earlier. Now, almost in my mid-thirties, I do not see any big concerns but there is always that tiredness, and sometimes puffiness due to the daily stress factors, sitting in front of the screen all day, full-time job, less sleep, two little kids, it is bound to affect my skin and health unless I take care of it. I was never even noticing much tired or puffy eyes, maybe life is too fast and I just do not get enough time to see myself or compare myself with how my eye area looked a few years back. But since I changed and started with new eye creams for brightening, puffiness, and lines, I have become such an advocate for them.
My eye area looks bright, fresh and is all plump with no fine lines. At one time, I am rotating few products based on what my skin needs, the same way I have these three eye cream which I am loving these days and rotate them based on what I need. For the days, I feel dryness, I go for more hydrating eye cream. For the days, I did not sleep well or did not get enough sleep, I got for the brightening one. I am glad all the eye creams I am talking about in this post are keeping my eye area without wrinkles or lines.
Darphin Stimulskin Plus Multi-Corrective Divine Eye Cream
Darphin Stimulskin Plus Multi-Corrective Divine Eye Cream (CAD $160) for youthful, firm, and bright eyes is described as a total anti-aging transformation for eyes. It contains Youth Activating Crystal Resin, Luminizing Jade Powder and Potent Sea Emerald that combine for collagen-boosting rejuvenation and radiance.
The powerful botanical ingredients for smoothing lines, lifting and volumizing are below:
Crystal Resin – Extracted from Pistacia Lentiscus tree, it reactivates a protein found in fibroblasts that degrades over time but is
key for optimal cellular activity. Increases natural collagen production and promotes the dermal re-densifying process.
Sea Emerald – Helps to improve skin cohesion and restore natural bounce, and helps reinforce the natural production of collagen. It is a botanical jewel which is extremely rare and as expensive as caviar, to help lift, firm and re-volumize skin.
Siegesbeckia Orientalis – This botanical extract supports natural collagen, thus helping to maintain skin’s structural integrity for a smoother appearance. The look of lines and wrinkles is reduced.
Commiphora Mukul – Helps visibly restore volume from within, so skin resists the loss of its youthful, natural cushion and maintains firmness and elasticity.
The brightening and depuffing ingredients include:
Jade Powder – Micro-fine powder from this powerful stone creates an immediate brightening effect.
Sea Bouquet – Algae extracts help to reduce dark circles and puffiness over time thanks to the natural polysaccharides they contain.
There are two multi-corrective massage tools included with Stimulskin Plus Eye Cream, not shown in the pictures, which help massage the eye area from inside to out and also for lifting the area upwards.
The eye cream comes in a sturdy heavy jar and I take my spatula to take out the pea sized amount. I have used this eye cream for more than a month regularly and now using this in rotation with the other eye creams. My eye area looks firmer, smoother, and appears more lifted. The eye area is well moisturized and I do not notice the few fine lines I started noticing a few months back. It does help with the puffiness and the dark circles, which are so un-invited guests these days as I do tend to get less than 6 hours of sleep on most days. I do notice there is the luminizing or illuminating effect on the eye area, it appears so healthy and youthful when I am using this eye cream regularly. I am very impressed by the results from this eye cream and do not want to be without it ever. The moisturizer I am loving from Darphin from the Ideal Resource line I reviewed here which is almost empty.
Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening And Depuffing Eye Contour Cream
Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening And Depuffing Eye Contour Cream (CAD $85) is described as an eye cream that delivers a lifted and depuffed look to the eye area while rapidly reducing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream gives a brighter, lifted look while reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Caffeine and Brazilian ginseng root extract rapidly reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, energizing tired-looking eyes. Concentrated horse chestnut and acamella oleracea extract smooth the appearance of crow’s feet and fine lines while giving a lifted look. Antioxidant-rich lutein provides a radiant glow to the fragile skin around the eye. Cocoa and shea butter plump the skin with moisture, as watermelon rind extract and sodium PCA infuse hydration into the skin. Eyes look fresher, younger, depuffed, and more rested for immediate and noticeable results.
The product comes in pump dispenser and half pump is all I need for one time use for both eyes. I have used it regularly for more than three weeks and then continue to use this in rotation with my other eye creams and have noticed my eyes feel well rested, fresh, with no puffiness on the days I have lack of sleep. Along with that, I notice few fine lines which are not much noticeable and no wrinkles in the area, it does keep the area very moisturized. My eyes and eye area is sensitive and I did not notice any irritation or eye-watering when I use this eye cream. After cleansing in the morning and evening, I pump a pea-sized amount of Auto Correct onto my ring fingers and lightly pat onto my eye area, taking care not to apply the product too close to the lashline. I follow up with my face oil and moisturizer. There is no impact on the application and staying power of the makeup over it during the day. Another thing I do with this eye cream is to keep it in the fridge, it gives such cooling effect once applied. Another favorite from Sunday Riley is the Good Genes I reviewed here.
Resultime by Collin Paris – 5 Expertise Eye Cream
Resultime by Collin Paris – 5 Expertise Eye Cream (£40.70) is described as an eye cream that uses a unique formula to fight the five signs of aging in the eye contour area: dark circles, puffiness, fat pockets, wrinkles and sagging. It provides a rejuvenating boost for your eyes. This is the eye cream I have used for a few years already (on and off as not available in Canada) now, I think I am on my fourth or fifth jar. I purchased this for the first time when I was in London and then repurchased from CultBeauty website. I do not find it on their website anymore and as you see in the pictures, I am almost done with this jar too.
But I am glad I am using some amazing eye creams mentioned above but I will surely repurchase on my next trip to the UK or Europe. I apply in the morning and evening, starting from the corner of the eye, massage using small circles and smoothing movements. I smooth over the eye contour area using your fingertips, then gently tap the remaining product into the skin to penetrate.
These eye creams are surely worth checking out and I have used these for some good amount of time before compiling my thoughts here in this post. Darphin Stimulskin Plus Multi-Corrective Divine Eye Cream is available at beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, HoltRenfrew, Sephora, Sephora Canada. Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening And Depuffing Eye Contour Cream is available at Sephora Canada, Nordstrom. Resultime by Collin Paris – 5 Expertise Eye Cream is available at resultime.co.uk
*Press samples – Darphin & Sunday Riley