Being a regular user of essences and oils in my skincare routine since last few years, I can feel from within and can see it that my skin is healthier inside out. I always have a soft corner for oils, whether they are for face, hair, or body. I feel they are closer to nature and thus my body and the skin understands them better. In my skincare routine, I wash my face, use essence, a serum, eye cream, and then comes the face oil followed by the moisturizer. This routine includes few steps but I must say they are worth it. I take few drops of the oil and rub them between my hands and pat them on my face. Then I lock that moisture and oil benefits with a layer of moisturizer over it. And my skin has been glowing and healthy since I started this routine few years back.  I hope you do not think that oils are not for the face but if you still think that then you are missing something very important, let me know and I will plan a separate post on that topic. Now, coming to the main topic here. Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence is a new addition to my skincare routine and I am so glad that it has been doing wonders for my skin.

Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence

Decorte is a Japanese brand which is based on the philosophy understand nature and help to bring meaning and holistic viewpoint to life. Based on the ancient practice of Eastern Medicine and complemented with techno-innovation science, Decorte works with nature and the body’s natural rhythms to help skin perform better. The star and heart of the Decorte skincare products is Vi-Fusion which is a proprietary complex that strengthens, regenerates, and empowers the skin on multiple levels. The core ingredient in the Vi-Fusion line is the Onsen Water. Onsen Water comes from the geothermal volcanic waters that infuse skin with magnesium, potassium, sodium, and other vital elements in micro-sizes that won’t stress the skin or cause inflammation.

Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence is described to have the ultra-nourishing oils from the Baobab, or Tree of Life. This multi-functional Vitality Tincture™ saturates skin with moisturizing oils, essential in times of dehydration, extreme cold and life changes that can destabilize its balance. It is plumped with vital moisture to improve skin function, skin stays calm and soothed, looks healthy, lifted and glowing.

Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence

To use Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence, I shake the bottle which has a bi-layered formula to activate its vital benefits. I use it after my serum or sometimes straight after cleansing and toning. I do follow with my moisturizer after using this essence oil. The texture is not very thick, more like an oil but it does absorb very fast into the skin. So it does look like an oil but does not leaves any residue or oily feeling after using it. It has a subtle uplifting scent which I like. It has been good under my makeup too when I am using it in my daily routine. Now comes the results and my experience, I have been using it since last month under my moisturizer, 3-4 drops are enough for my face. As the weather was changing last month, more of the fall and now it is winter, this has kept my skin glowing and healthy. As I have combination skin, I do experience flakiness and dehydrated skin during these months but not this year. My skin looks moisturized, glowy, but not oily. I experienced no breakouts or irritation while using it. Been using face oils and essences for years and after trying so many brands and skincare lines, this is a keeper for me. I would totally recommend you to check this out if you have dry, combination, normal, or oily skin.

And yes if you are thinking of Kate Moss in the pictures above, She is the global brand ambassador of Decorte and Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence is her favorite product from the line. Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence is available to be purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue, Decorte Cosmetics, and Selfridges.

*DISCLAIMER – This is a press sample sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Winter is finally here and Toronto got its first snowfall, not much but I was able to show it to my kids. The elder one knew how it looked but the younger one who is 2 years old, he was so excited to see the snowflakes today. It feels nice and I am always excited to change my beauty routine and products which includes skincare and fragrance for winter. It is a season when I start waiting for the Christmas, thinking of the beautiful time with family and kids, staying together and staying cozy. In regard to the fragrance, I like rich and a bit dark fragrances for winter, although it depends I can go with deep florals or even earthy notes too. Being from India, born and raised there, settled in Canada now, it is normal for me to have a love inside for everything related or dedicated to something in India and Guerlain Shalimar fragrance is one of those masterpieces. I am wearing Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense Eau de Parfum since last few days and it feels lovely, apart from the emotional connection because of India. My husband is wearing or I would I am making him wear Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code in order for me to feel and experience how it works with his body chemistry.

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense (CAD $122 – 50ml) is a new Eau de Parfum by Guerlain. A sensual and enchanting creation to be worn like a precious jewel. Thierry Wasser is the nose behind it and he has breathed new life into this legendary perfume, taking it to the heights of sensuality. From the Guerlain official website, if you do not know the legend or the history behind the Taj Mahal, located in India, here are some excerpts, ‘Once upon a time, four centuries ago, in India, there was a love that knew no bounds. For his beloved wife, the princess Mumtaz Mahal, the emperor Shah Jahan ordered the creation of the most luxurious gardens of Shalimar as a setting for their love. Later, he erected the Taj Mahal, a marvel admired by the entire world. This fabulous story inspired Jacques Guerlain to create an exquisitely seductive scent, the world’s very first oriental fragrance: Shalimar.’ There may be different views of different people on Taj Mahal but in the end, it is and will always be seen as a symbol of Love which is also one of the point that Shalimar may be related to.

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense

Top notes are Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, and Lemon. Middle notes are Indian Jasmin Sambac and Orange Blossom. Base notes are White Musk, Madagascar Vanilla, Tahitian Vanilla, and Benzoin. The packaging is deep blue lacquered bottle in a new sapphire-like design, conveying the intense and vivacious spirit of Shalimar, its legend, and Indian roots.

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense is a beautiful contrast between vivacity and warmth, freshness and cocooning. In other words, it is warm, cozy, and delicious. The longevity is quite good on my skin, I can still smell it at the end of the day when I whiff close on my wrists. I can wear it during the day and night, as mentioned it is rich, warm, delightful, sensuous, and cozy but at the same time, very subtle and not overpowering.

Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code

Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code (CAD $130 – 100ml) is a new and contemporary twist on the signature Habit Rouge. It is sophisticated and audacious, the bottle adorns itself with a sober black suit twisted with a stylish tartan pattern while the fragrance has an addictive juice with a luscious oriental aroma. Habit Rouge was created in 1965 and is the first oriental fragrance for men in perfumery. As a homage to the equestrian art, it created an element of surprise with its scents of sensual and bold vanilla. Thierry Wasser is the nose behind this fragrance.

Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code

Tope notes are neroli, rose, and bergamot. Middle notes are spices, patchouli, and cedar. Base notes are tonka bean, vanilla, praline, and vetiver. Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code is housed in an elegant lacquered glass bottle with a trendy mix of red herringbones and silver stripes styles. The fragrance has rich woody notes which are softened by the leather facets. The longevity is nice and to me, it smells like creamy sweetish (later spicy) leathery scent which not usual in men’s fragrance’s but it is welcome now as I am loving this on my man.

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense and Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code are available at Guerlain Boutique and Institute, and the Hudson’s Bay.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Clinique has launched a new product that is all about a new way to wear matte on the lips, called Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder. That is a long name for a product, but I assure you that when you see the picture of the packaging below, you will know how beautiful and sleek design it is. The whole idea behind this product is based on the pro tick where the makeup artists dab pressed powder on top of the lipstick to create a unique velvet-like matte lip look.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder (CAD $25) is described as to deliver a vibrant burst of plush matte color in a transformative textural experience. The supersaturated creamy pigment glides on effortlessly and transforms into a weightless, powdery finish, giving lips a bright pop of show-stopping color. The sponge tip applicator is anti-bacterial which makes it easy to build the intensity. To use the product, the applicator is untwisted and swept directly onto the lips or over the lip balm. To load more color onto the sponge, the applicator is replaced and twisted closed. It can be either blurred out for a soft wash of color or the whole process can be repeated to create the more intense look.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow

I have used this product few times and had no issue with the design to apply and to load more product to the sponge applicator. Actually, I have not used anything like this before, like applying lipstick with a sponge. I have used my pressed powder over my lipstick to create that matte kind of lip but not used a lip powder. I thought the sponge applicator won’t be a good way to apply and how it can be good for precise application. After using it few times, I feel the application is easy and the product does apply nicely on the lips. The sponge applicator is very soft and the tip can be used to apply the most product as the tip is dipped into the product side and the most product is on the tip. It feels very light, like powder kind of texture on the lips, like nothing is applied.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow

The color on single swipe gives a good tint and for intensity, two or maximum three coats were enough. I did use it without lip balm on the lips and with lip balm on the lips. Both ways, it was comfortable to wear. The staying power would be more if used with a lip liner. The shades are nice and bright, look great as tints when applied over the lip balm.

The formula did not bleed and scatter around the lips, it stayed in the place and it was noticeable on my lips for over three hours until I felt the need to reply. The sleek packaging looks nice to keep it in your bag and taking it out to reapply. It did not make my lips drier or irritated. If you are matte lover which is light and love the nice packaging, and do not mind twisting up and using the sponge applicator (which is actually fun), then you should give this lip shadow a try.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow is available at Clinique.ca, Sephora Canada, Nordstrom, Beautyboutique.ca and Hudson’s Bay

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Being the world full of beauty products, we usually focus on our face and the skin on our face. Buying makeup and skincare products is part of the routine. You might have experienced confusion and sometimes you reach out to friends and family to get advice and to know what is working from them. But when it comes to body care, we tend to forget about the options and just go on with the same old body lotion which we had a few years back. With time, it is not just the skin on your face but also your body that needs extra care. After two kids and going through hormonal changes, stretch marks, and what not, I have felt the skin on my body is not the same anymore unless I care for it. The things that used to work for my face and body don’t work the same way they used to anymore. And as you might know by now, I do believe in caring and maintaining, I have found a new favorite for body care, Sisley Paris Restorative Body Cream.

Sisley Paris Restorative Body Cream

Sisley Paris Restorative Body Cream is described as an intensely restorative and moisturizing skin care to maintain optimal hydration and soothe sensations of discomfort. Restorative Body Cream includes a complex of active ingredients capable of strengthening hydration mechanisms by retaining water in the epidermis and by limiting water loss, for intensely repaired and lastingly hydrated the skin. The three main points that distinguish this body cream from the others are:

Immediate and long-lasting hydration – Jioh and Carrot extracts, with hydrating properties, have been combined with a unique complex of highly “quenching” active ingredients to continuously capture and retain water.

Strengthening of the barrier function – Acts on several levels to fight against water loss and maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance. It also consolidates the lipid barrier and strengthens the corneum layer to limit the loss of Natural Moisturizing Factors.

Repair, nutrition, protection and soothing effect – It is combined with Andiroba oil, Allantoin, and Phytosqualane, with emollient and soothing properties to repair, nourish, and bring comfort to the skin.

Sisley Paris Restorative Body Cream

I have been using it every day and my dry itchy skin on the body is all soothed, calmed, and hydrated. I do use body oils and rick body creams for my dry body skin, which gets even more drier and tends to get itchy in fall and winter. Few body lotion keeps the skin hydrated for few hours and the time I am home or almost near the bedtime, skin feels dry and itchy, the causing factor might be the dry indoor’s or anything but the body cream should be able enough to keep the skin hydrated for at least 24 hours. So my main concerns are hydration, hydration, and full day hydration and when it comes with extra repair and nourishing properties, I am all in.

The skin has been feeling healthy, supple, and hydrated. The body cream has fresh, silky, and light non-sticky texture which instantly absorbs without leaving any residue. the scent is very fresh yet subtle and does make it a pleasure every morning I apply it. This would be a nice cream for all seasons due to its texture and feel, does not feels heavy.

Sisley Paris Restorative Body Cream is available at Holt Renfrew, Net-A-Porter, Sisley Paris Website, and Nordstrom.

*DISCLAIMER – This is a press sample sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Nest Fragrances have been around since 2005 and have some beautiful luxurious bath, body, and home fragrances. It was founded by Laura Slatkin in New York City and today they produce more than 20 home fragrance collections consisting of luxury scented candles in different sizes, reed diffusers, liquid soap, and hand lotion, and the newest exclusive Liquidless diffuser. Nest fine fragrances collection was launched in 2013 with eight fragrances available in Eau de Parfum sprays, roller balls, and luxury body creams. I have been loving the Sugar Cookie Candle and the Holiday Reed Diffuser from the Nest Fragrances Holiday 2017 collection for my home fragrances.

Nest Fragrances - Holiday 2017 Collection

Sugar Cookie Candle

The holiday season is incomplete without the holiday scents and home fragrances. You have a different excitement and vibe in the house when you have that exclusive candle for holidays burning near you. What could be better than the sugar cookie and sugar cookie scent for the holidays. The fragrance family of the Sugar Cookie Candle from the Nest Home Fragrance 2017 seasonal collection is Gourmand. It has the notes of Tahitian Vanilla bean, bourbon-infused caramel, and sugarcane crystals are blended with the rich essence of golden amber. The fragrance is available in Votive Candle ( 2 oz, 15-20 hours burning time, CAD $16), Classic Candle ( 8.1 oz, 50-60 hours burning time, CAD $40), 3-Wick Candle ( 21.2oz, 80-100 hours burning time, CAD $64), and Reed Diffuser (5.9fl.oz which lasts up to 90 days and is alcohol free, CAD $44). It is available at Sephora.ca

Nest Fragrances - Holiday 2017 Collection

Holiday Reed Diffuser

The holiday reed diffuser has the fragrance family of festive-spice and Celebratory mood. The aroma of a sparkling holiday season is created by blending pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber. The fragrance is available in Votive Candle ( 2 oz, 15-20 hours burning time, CAD $23), Classic Candle ( 8.1 oz, 50-60 hours burning time, CAD $56), 3-Wick Candle ( 21.2oz, 80-100 hours burning time, CAD $90), New Liquidless Diffuser ( 5 scented sticks, 1 metal base, lasts up to 90 days, CAD $84), and Reed Diffuser (5.9fl.oz which lasts up to 90 days and is alcohol free, CAD $62). The holiday fragrance collection 2017 is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Sephora.ca, and Nordstrom.ca

Nest Fragrances - Holiday 2017 Collection

These are amazing to add the sparkle and excitement to the holiday season, to create the perfect memories and have the best time with your family and friends. The packaging of the Nest Fragrances Holiday Collection will add a bright and beautiful color to the house and will be the perfect gift for the fragrance lovers. I would recommend you to check these out for your home or for gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.



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