Winter might limit some activities due to the cold dark days but there are some essentials that make the elongated staying home routine fun and pampering. I am referring to the skincare essentials, treating the skin to the much-needed moisture due to the indoor heating, outdoor cold weather. There are two new launches from StriVectin that are not only amazing for pampering the skin but also to help to get ready for the spring. StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask and Skin Reset 4-week Intensive Rejuvenation System.
StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask is a massage activated, color transforming clay mask. This is not my first massage activated color transforming clay mask, I have used one in the past and really like the concept. With the massage, first there is a physical exfoliation, and then the color of the mask changes from white to blue. Any typical clay mask might dry the skin, but I did not feel any dryness on my skin neither any irritation with this mask and the exfoliation.
My skin feels nourished, hydrated, balanced with the small pore size, comfortable, and radiant. This is exactly what I expect from a mask, especially for my combination skin. I did feel it helped my congestion clear out fast. I did test this mask for over few weeks sometimes weekly or bi-weekly.
The formula is encapsulated Blue Algae Extract and pigments activate upon application, transforming from white to ocean blue color as it renews skin and boosts radiance. To use, apply evenly to clean, dry skin avoiding the eye area. Gently massage in a circular motion until the mask transforms from white to blue. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly and follow with the rest of your routine.
Skin Reset 4-week Intensive Rejuvenation System is a skincare system designed to reboot, rejuvenate and get skin back on track in just 4 weeks. It includes four unique serums, each with their own targeted technology to address a core factor of skin aging and fatigue. ‘Brand’s
- WEEK 1: rebuild by restoring optimal, lasting hydration – visible luminous, hydrated skin, signs of dullness and fatigue are eliminated as hydration levels improve.
- WEEK 2: boost skin to improve elasticity & visibly relax fine lines and wrinkles – Skin feels softer, smoother and more nourished.
- WEEK 3: balance skin for a radiant, even-toned complexion – skin feels firmer and more toned.
- WEEK 4: restore resiliency & improve the look of sagging skin & deep wrinkles – skin will appear smooth, soft & plump, healthy-looking tone and texture, and totally rejuvenated results.
To use, over the month, each week’s Reset serum formula is to be used as the daily serum—after cleansing and before moisturizing. At the end of four weeks, regular skincare routine can be resumed but is recommended to stick to the routine. I have not used this system for the time recommended, which is 28 days continuously but my initial thoughts for the few days, I went up to completing over 2 weeks and moving on to the third week now. Based on my skin’s needs, like congestion I do add up toner or layer the serums. I have both the new launches from the brand in my skincare routine and really liking the results.
StriVectin is available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart and beautyboutique.ca*Press samples
Lip care is an essential part of my everyday skincare routine and no doubt, dry parched lips does not make you feel comfortable and confident. I have been using the Fresh Sugar Lip Wonder Drops Advanced Therapy, Fresh Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm, and Sugar Spice Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen 15.
Fresh Sugar Lip Wonder Drops Advanced Therapy is a daily treatment gently exfoliates, softens, and smoothes dry, flaky lips to keep them looking flawless and ready for lipstick. It is enriched with AHAs—a blend of sugar and natural fruit extracts and hibiscus flower extract. It is a lightweight water-based formula that preps and primes the lips’ surface and improves signs of damage for a youthful look. I have been using it as a quick fix and is perfect for the busy, on-the-go lifestyle and gentle enough to use twice a day. To use it, dispense a drop on your finger. Then, massage over clean lips and lip contour area. Wait until it absorbs and then follow with your favorite balm or lipstick.
Fresh Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm is a rich, moisturizing lip treatment that smoothes and comforts on contact while delivering a velvety sheen and addictive flavor inspired by coconut cream. It can be used throughout the day when your lips need nourishment. It does not feels sticky but is comfortable and keeps the lips nourished and soft.
Sugar Spice Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen 15 is a chai tea-inspired tint with a dusty rose finish. It looks good on all skin types while providing long-lasting moisture and year-round protection from damaging UV rays. It is formulated with the same nourishing sugar, hydrating oils, and vitamins as the rest of the Sugar Lip Treatment Collection(which I have reviewed few times on my blog and i
Fresh beauty products are available at Sephora Canada and Sephora.*Press samples
I get so excited when trying a new base makeup product, whether it is a primer, foundation, powder, or concealer. All these help create the base which can make you look and feel good and confident all day. And to get that right base, it is always so important to understand the type of your skin and your need. For example, I have combination skin which is prone to acne and have acne scars. Also, the dry areas on my face are more visible if I am not using the right products which are both hydrating and provides coverage, not to forget my aim is to get a look and feel which is natural and radiant. I have been using the Dermablend flawless creator™ foundation drops and smooth liquid camo concealer since last few weeks.
Dermablend flawless creator™ foundation drops
I have been so amazed at this little bottle of foundation, it is super lightweight and at the same time the coverage is amazing. I use two drops of this foundation for
Dermablend smooth liquid camo concealer is described as an all-purpose, flexible, smoothing liquid concealer that covers, corrects and perfects. The formula is lightweight, hydrating, and very creamy. I feel it does not
Overall, I am glad to have tried this brand which is new to me and the Dermablend flawless creator™ foundation drops are definitely worth checking out. Dermablend products are available at
Dermablend.ca and BeautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart.
I know I might be late to share about this candle on the blog, I had so many requests on more details on this candle since I shared it on my Instagram stories. The good thing is this candle is still available on all major retailers I have mentioned at the end of this post. Guerlain brings its expertise in perfume to the art of living with a collection of scented candles that stir the senses and brings unequaled emotion, Guerlain Winter Délice Christmas Candle is one of them.
‘A warm break by the fireside during long and cold winter evenings. Nostalgic memories of the gourmet aromas of gingerbread and candied fruits. Comfort from the crackling fire, refreshed by the green notes of the pine needles, an evocation of contrasts of this festive season.’
Giselle Balosso has reinvented the iconic Guerlain Bee with this limited-edition candle that celebrates the 190th Anniversary of the House. The size of the candle is 6.3 oz. The fragrance is Spicy Oriental, Gourmet, Cocooning, and festive. The notes are below:
Head notes: Armoise
Back notes: Patchouli
Some tips to use the candle: During the first use, wait until the wax is evenly consumed, all the way to the edges, before extinguishing the candle.
The wick must always remain centered. If necessary, trim it to about 0.5 cm, straighten it and center it. It is ideal for perfuming your bedroom or living room.
The packaging as you see in the pictures is beautiful, be it the outer package with the ribbon or the candle jar, perfect for gifting a loved one or for yourself. The candle jar has a heavy glass jar, dark in color. The scent to me is woodsy, smells like a fir tree and reminiscent of the holiday season. It is a gorgeous candle that will look good in any room.
With hundreds of products and treatments in the market claiming to bring back the skin you once had, I am very careful in what I apply on my skin and what ingredients it has. I believe in preserving and maintaining the best form of what I have, that has been my goal since I started taking my skin care seriously. It is easy for anyone to get caught in all the hype and marketing unless you believe someone for their word of advice, maybe a person or a brand. Sisley Paris is one of the brands I always look forward to, to their vision, to their ideology, the passion in the way they look at the skin concerns and the research and implementation of the outcomes from the results to give the best of anything you are looking for. With fall already here and winter approaching soon, not just the season but as I approach my mid-30s next year, I am more and more interested in keeping the products, which give me results, in the rotation. Finding the right product is the first concern, so I have been testing these two new launches from Sisley Paris since July this year, called Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers and Sisley Paris L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum.
Sisley Paris Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum
To give you a little background, Sisley launched Sisleya Global Firming Serum ten years ago, to provide a total solution for women experiencing loss of firmness. In 2016, Sisley introduced Sisleya Anti-Age, focused on the impact of epigenetic factors on aging, which refers to the significant influence our lifestyles and individual environments have on the visible signs of skin aging. This entire line is formulated with a combination of unique, key ingredients including Persian Acacia and Lindera extracts and a Soy and Yeast protein complex, for a comprehensive solution to address the visible signs of behavioral aging. In 2018, Sisley has gone even further in its study of epigenetics, exploring the very origin of behavioral aging at the cellular level.
Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum provides a firming effect by wakening elastin production at its origin and acting on all structural levels of the dermis to restore skin tension. Elastin synthesis is revived, leading to firmer, denser, and more toned skin. Tension forces are reactivated and the firmness and shape of younger skin are restored to the face.
The key features of Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum include:
- The innovative texture is derived from ‘gel trap’ technology, a water-in-oil emulsion with an especially high water content
- Micro-droplets of gelled water trapped in an oily phase provide a light and fresh feeling upon application with a silky finish
- The serum provides shaping and immediate firmness in a pleasant, comfortable texture
This double innovation from Sisley targets 2 new actions:
1. The awakening of the skin’s firming potential In addition to the inescapable effects of aging, lifestyle directly affects the proper functioning of elastin, which is responsible for the skin’s firmness. Sweet Marjoram extract, a new Sisley key ingredient, supports the awakening and boosting of the skin’s firming potential. Skin is visibly more firm, dense and toned in appearance.
2. Re-tensioning of the look of the skin Marking the passing of time, loss of firmness is also the result of the weakening of the skin’s tensional forces. Phyto-complex Pro-Firm 7, a unique complex with 7 powerful plant-based extracts, acts to promote the look of re-tensioning of the skin -> A true skin architect, Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum offers visible firming support and creates the look and shape of the more youthful skin.
Application – ‘Apply morning and evening to clean, dry skin on the face and neck by massaging gently until fully absorbed.
A special application technique is suggested with this product.
Step 1: Pat product all over face gently and evenly.
Step 2: Lift: Alternate the two hands on the same side of the face with deep smoothing strokes upward, starting at the neck and moving towards the forehead (avoiding the eye contour).
Step 3: Tone: Using the thumb and index fingers, gently and lightly press the skin all over the face and neck.
Step 4: Sculpt: Fold the index and middle fingers to form a “”V”” with the middle knuckles and gently press with upward strokes, starting at the chin and working along the contours of the face up the cheekbones and finishing at the forehead.’
My thoughts – With combination skin prone to congestion, most of the anti-aging products at some point are too rich for my already extra-oil-producing skin. My experience with anti-aging products is that for a few days, my skin looks and feels better but as I use it more, my skin starts getting oilier and hence breakouts. It may not be the case with you if you have other skin type or even combination skin like mine. With Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum, I have been incorporating it for over two months in my skincare routine and really feel something is getting better from within my skin. I use this as my main treatment serum either after pre-serum or just after toning my skin. It has a lightweight creamy texture, not runny. It spreads nicely on the skin and absorbs quickly without leaving any residue or oiliness. My skin feels tighter, tighter in the sense of comfortable yet tighter and lifted. My skin looks smooth, plump, and fresh. It is not something like I see the results next day, glowing and plumped, but as with the powerful botanical extracts and other ingredients, they work in synchronization to start treating the skin from the small scale to show the results on overall skin with time and to preserve the effects on the skin for longer time while using the serum. If you are looking for some serious anti-aging or just starting taking care of your skin, I would advise you to check Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum.
Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers
To give a little background about it, Sisley has included two face creams in its Comfort Extreme range to rescue dry to the very dry skin in the last 15 years. This fall, Sisley’s Research has combined this duo to create an entirely new formula capable of protecting by day when skin is exposed to oxidative stress caused by UV rays and pollution and repairing by night while targetting all of the factors that contribute to skin dryness.
Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers has rich yet soft, melting texture, relieves the feelings of tightness, reduces the redness, and revives radiance. It helps restore the lipidic balance of the dry skin, quenching the skin on the surface and reducing the water loss. The dry skin is nourished, hydrated, and protected against external aggressors that weaken and prematurely damage dry skin.
The key ingredients and their features include:
- Shea Butter is a well-known repairing active ingredient, regenerates the epidermis to increase its resistance to daytime attacks
- Buckwheat seed extract inhibits lipid oxidation to maintain the skin’s defense barrier
- Vitamin E acetate provides anti-free radical properties and strengthens the skin’s natural defenses
- A 100 percent natural fragrance with an accord of calming honey and orange blossom
I have known the benefits of Saffron since I was very young and in India, my father used the get the highest quality of saffron from the area near the Himalayas. Saffron was called a very precious herb used for a number of health benefits, I still sometimes boil the saffron threads in milk and drink, it is a source of energy as well as wellbeing. For the skin, it provides a cocooning effect that instantly relieves feelings of tightness and discomfort. Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers also has a combination of three oils rich in omega 6,7, and 9 to compensate for the absence of lipids in the dry skin as well as in the fall and winter, then the skin needs more care and nourishment. Cottonseed oil, Macadamia oil, and sunflower seed oil bring suppleness and comfort to the skin. The new active ingredient from Sisley called Japanese Lilyturf extract helps boosts skin’s barrier function. With some amazing ingredients, this moisturizer is an all in one you may need if you have dry skin or if you are looking for something that you can rely on during the fall and winter when a little extra is the need of the skin.
My skin is a combination type and as fall is upon us, it was the perfect time to test this as I did not want the extra moisture during the summer but fall and winter, my skin is more dry than usual. The cream is true to its name, it is velvety soft and makes the skin like velvet, smooth and soft. I do not feel it as oily or greasy on the skin, even though it is for dry skin types, it does absorb into the skin instantly making the skin comfortable and nourished. My skin does look plump and radiant. I have not noticed any breakouts as I was more concerned about my skin breaking out when I am adding a new product into my skincare routine. It works great as a day cream or a night cream. During the day, it is a nice makeup base too, makeup stays in place all day. Half of the skin’s concerns are resolved and blurred if the skin is hydrated, and if the moisturizer is a good one, you just need that one thing in your skincare routine that makes the other products work well, this is that kind of product.
I have been really enjoying both the Sisley Paris Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum and Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers in my skincare routine. Sisley Paris Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum and Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Cream With Saffron Flowers is available at Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Sisley-Paris.ca