StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask is still one of my favourites and on rotation since I started using it last month. I am so glad to share more new launches from the brand which are definitely not just for winter but for the whole year round – one of the key ingredient, which I am obsessed with in general, is Hyaluronic Acid. The new launches include
Hyaluronic Tripeptide Gel-Cream for Eyes, Tri-Phase Daily Glow Toner, and Hyaluronic Gel Cushion Cleanser.
Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles retaining moisture to the skin, creating a plumping effect. When the skin is protected and hydrated, increased skin cell production can take place, as the skin isn’t busy fighting for hydration. This leads to smoother, plumper skin cells. That means apart for providing all the above benefits, it is also good for healing burns, dry skin, and more.
StriVectin Hyaluronic Gel Cushion Cleanser is a silky, lightweight cleansing gel that removes makeup and impurities while replenishing skin with essential hydration. This refreshing, cooling formula leaves skin super soft, supple and visibly plumped with a cushion of moisture. I prefer to use it as my second cleanse during the evening and first cleanse in the morning. It feels very luxurious on the skin. My skin feels very soft and smooth after using it. There is a subtle glow on the skin, skin feels nourished, comfortable and fresh, ready for the next step in the skincare routine. It is safe to be used even on the eye area.
StriVectin Tri-Phase Daily Glow Toner is a blend of skin-loving acids and nourishing botanical extracts to smooth, hydrate and brighten for a radiant, lit-from-within glow. I have used it a few times and it did not irritate my skin, felt gentle on my skin, I make sure to shake the bottle before applying it. I use it on my clean dry skin, my skin looks brighter, smooth, and hydrated, it did not dry my skin.
StriVectin Hyaluronic Tripeptide Gel-Cream for eyes is a new eye cream which helps with the fine lines and dark circles. This swirled, dual-phase eye gel-cream intensely hydrates and corrects visible signs of ageing while neutralizing the visible effects of Blue Light. The texture of the cream is just so lush, the swirled fluffy light texture is very hydrating, gives a cooling effect, and after few days of regular use, I have noticed my eye area is brighter, supple, and fine lines which have started to peek are less visible. Once I apply the eye cream, it absorbs quickly and the after-feel of the eye area is so silky to touch, without any residue. This is definitely a keeper in my skincare routine.
StriVectin is available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart and beautyboutique.ca*Press samples
Thomas Kosmala scents have recently launched in North America and I have been following the launch news and the collection since the time I heard about it. It is a niche fragrance brand and the collection launched has nine unique pieces of scents. The packaging as you see in the pictures is very classic yet elegant. Après L’amour No.4 was launched in 2018 and the nose behind the fragrance is of the master himself, Thomas Kosmala.
About the brand and the founder from the official website, ‘THE ALCHEMY OF SCENT is Thomas Kosmala. His life journey as a perfumer began when he arrived in Paris to study the art of classical perfumery. There he discovered the emotive potency of blending raw perfume materials into wondrous new combinations. This collection deftly balances tradition and innovation in achieving nine signature perfumes. Created and refined in his independent laboratory in the South of France, the collection celebrates Thomas’s gift for re-imagining classic raw ingredients to attain evocative contemporary scent profiles.’
The notes of Après L’amour No.4 are Bitter orange, lemon zest, wood, musk, and amber
This nuanced, multi-layered scent from Thomas Kosmala captures the erotic energy and languorous mood of skin meeting skin. Bitter orange and lemon zest add zip to the top notes before cooling down to a base of wood, musk and amber.
The scent can definitely be worn by men or women, the longevity is really good. The feminine notes layered with the musky notes and citrus makes it a beautiful scent. Thomas Kosmala scents are available at bloomingdales.com and Harrods.com*Press samples
Embryolisse is a cult brand, loved and raved about by many since 1950 when it was created by a French dermatologist. It was not just because it was gentle enough to be used by all skin types, but the products were effective, especially the first one – Lait-Creme Concentrate which can be found in every makeup artist’s bag and also loved by celebrities. I have a friend who stocks up on Embryolisse products when she visits Europe but now that the brand is available in Canada, I am sure many of you will have one thing marked off your list of to-do things when you visit France. If you have not tried anything from the brand, you need to try – there is a reason why it is cult.
I have tried few of the products from the brand and I must say they are gentle, hydrating, effective, and cost-effective. Embryolisse formulas make use primarily of active ingredients of plant origin, produced from flowers and fruits. ‘Not a set, a dressing room, nor a fashion show’s backstage, without the Lait-Crème Concentré being under the spotlights. It is the favourite product of make-up artists everywhere in the world and the beauty secret of stars. ‘
I think for my combination skin, winter is the perfect month to try something that is hydrating and gentle which does not breaks me out.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is a versatile product for all skin types, it can be used day and/or night for hydration and protection, as a makeup primer, beauty mask, cleanser, and even as a makeup remover, after-sun and aftershave care. It has a light milky texture that quickly absorbs into the skin giving a satin finish. It does not feel greasy and makes the skin supple and moisturized. It was formerly called formerly Lait Creme Concentre Gold 24 Hour Miracle Cream.
Embryolisse Moisturizing Cream with Orange is rich in natural extracts of orange, helps to balance and maintain moisture content in the layers of the skin. The light, non-greasy formulation with Orange Extract and Vitamin C makes it perfect for year-round use. It hydrates and tones the skin as it regulates sebaceous activity for a refreshed and radiant appearance. Rich in vitamin C, orange oil diminishes hyperpigmentation and helps with pore size to keep the skin plump and bright. The skin is instantly re-hydrated, more toned and more radiant.
Embryolisse Radiant Eye is a stick with ‘cool effect’ that refreshes the eye area, hydrates, reduces dark circles and puffiness and brightens the complexion. It is easy to apply and provides a relaxing sensation of freshness and well-being.
Embryolisse Lashes and Brows Booster is a volume treatment that lengthens eyelashes and brows, thickens and densifies them.
Embryolisse Eau de Beauté Rosamélis is multifunction perfumed water which acts as a cleanser to perfect makeup removal, to tone, to refresh, to set makeup. It is composed of natural waters which
Embryolisse Complexion Illuminating Veil is a bb cream that is very light and has a
Embryolisse Smooth Radiant Complexion is a primer base for the makeup that refreshes the skin. It helps with the signs of tiredness, plumps the skin, reduces dark circles and puffiness, provides a rested look and a glowing appearance
Embryolisse Gentle Night Peeling is a very mild formula with a micro-dosage of aha fruit acids