I am a fan of Guerlain products, every single makeup product that I own or have tried from them has been treasured in my collection. This is the first skincare plus makeup product that I am using from Guerlain and one way or the other, it is used daily in my skincare or makeup routine. Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil was the part of the products I received when I attended the back to beauty school event with the Guerlain Canada team in Toronto. I have reviewed the other products in the post here.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil ( CAD $125-30ml, CAD $185-50ml)) is described as a revolutionary formula that combines the power of a serum, the richness of an oil and the freshness of a lotion. The skin appears instantly smoother, plumper and revitalized. Replenishing micro-drops of oil* are released at the very last minute, leaving the complexion looking radiant. The skin feels incredibly silky and baby-soft to the touch. This formula contains the Guerlain-exclusive ingredient Ouessant Black Bee Honey and exclusive Royal Jelly. The oil has fresh and airy honeyed scented fragrance which is subtle and lifts the mood while applying.
This oil has a long history which was well explained by Maxime Poulin in the back to beauty school class as well is explained on the official Guerlain website. Few snippets from it say that in research going back ten years, Guerlain has scientifically proven the effectiveness of bee products in boosting the skin’s repair mechanisms. Abeille Royale offers a solution to effectively combat the visible signs of ageing, namely wrinkles and loss of firmness. Inspired by the latest discoveries in neuroscience, the new Abeille Royale Repairing Concentrate goes even further and, for the first time, targets the damage suffered by the skin’s nervous system with exposure to UV rays and other external aggressions. So the skin can repair itself more effectively and fully. If you are interested to read more on the ingredients, I have linked the page here which has some interesting information on the Ouessant Honey which is produced in UNESCO Biosphere reserve, Guerlain Exclusive Royal Jelly and Commiphora Oil.
So this was all that is documented and on the web, now coming to how I used it and what my reviews are on Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil. I use this oil in my skincare and sometimes even my makeup. For my skincare routine, I shake the bottle of this oil and take 3-4 drops on the palm and apply it onto my face and neck after cleansing or sometimes after my serum and then follow with a moisturizer. I follow the uplifting method that is described on the website, link mentioned above and was also illustrated by Maxime during the class.
To use it in my makeup routine, I mix 2-3 drops of this oil into my foundation and it gives me a beautiful natural glow and I never noticed any rolling off or any difference in staying power of the makeup. It does make the skin more luminous and healthy. Also, It has been very friendly with few of my breakouts that I have time to time, with no irritation or any extra breakouts after using this. The skin is smooth and plump. The packaging of the oil is stunning too, the glass bottle and the dropper with the embossing of honey bee make it a very presentable as well as looks great on the dressing table too. This is going to be my skin’s perfect companion for the fall and winter.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil is available in different sizes at Sephora Canada, The Hudsons Bay, and Holt Renfrew.
Do you use face oils in your skincare or makeup routine? What is your favorite face oil?
I bought these masks from Tata Harper three months back and could not test them properly due to other posts in the lineup, so now I have used this regularly for last few weeks. Multi masking has been a part of my skincare routine for some time now. It is not always that I do multi-tasking but it all depends on the need of my skin. If my skin has congestion, is dull, behaving badly and needs some extra care, I do multi-tasking. Otherwise, I am okay with using the mask that suits my skin’s needs for the day. If you follow me on my social handles or have been reading my blog, you might know I am a junkie when it comes to anything beauty. In this post, Multi-masking with Tata Harper, I am going to give some description of the mask and when I use the particular mask.
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
This is my second time buying this mask, I have reviewed this mask in the past in detail on this blog. I love this mask. This is an award-winning beta-hydroxy mask which works like a traditional peel to provide an instant solution for dull skin, without causing downtime or irritation. It delivers instant glow, helps minimize the appearance of pores, and improves texture for smooth, radiant skin. It is formulated to purify and remove surface debris and dead skin for a refreshed instantly revitalized appearance.
I use this mask when my skin needs help with the dullness, like a mid-week pickup. I apply a thick layer of this mask on my face, neck, and chest and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Sometimes I leave it for like 30 minutes while I finish some chores in the kitchen. Then I rinse with warm water and follow with either other mask or with my serum and moisturizer. I do feel my skin is more glowy, pores are less visible and skin looks more refined and smooth. I do not feel any irritation or any breakouts with this, it does feel very gentle and when I use this regularly, I do feel the results are better.
Tata Harper Purifying Mask
I have combination skin which is prone to congestion, so my skin loves purifying masks. Tata Harper Purifying mask is described as an intense cleansing mask which helps fight visible signs of aging caused by environmental stressors, like pollution and smog, on the skin’s appearance by effectively purging surface buildup and impurities, while minimizing the look of pores.
I do need a purifying mask bi-weekly in my skincare routine, (bi-weekly most of the times if I am diligent with my skin care routine) to keep it clear of blemishes and dullness. I apply a thick layer of this mask on my face and leave it for 15 minutes. I wash it with cold water and follow with either a hydrating mask or the resurfacing mask or with my treatment serum and moisturizer. my skin looks fresh and clearer after using this mask. This has not caused any irritation or any breakouts on my combination skin.
Tata Harper Honey Blossom Mask
Honey has been an important part of my life, both diet, and skincare since I was back in India and even now, I do make sure to add some honey to my kid’s cereal or snacks. When this mask was released in limited edition, I was so excited about it. Tata Harper Honey Blossom Mask is described to be infused with Vermont-harvested raw honey, Tata Harper’sultra-hydratingg ‘Honey Blossom’ mask is an updated version of the label’s coveted Resurfacing Mask. This formula is made with deeply cleansing Pomegranate Enzymes, pore-reducing Pink Clay and brightening Willow Bark Extract for a glowing, blemish-free complexion.
I apply a thick layer of this mask on my clean face for around half an hour and then wash it with warm water. I follow up with my serum and moisturizer. I do feel my skin is fresh, and bright after using this mask. The blemishes stay away from the skin when I use this regularly.
Top left is Resurfacing Mask, top right is Purifying Mask and the bottom one is Honey Blossom Mask.
All the mask from Tata Harper smell of very natural florals and washing them is easy too. I like the way they make the skin look and the plus point is they are all natural. The masks retail for CAD $77 each for 30ml which is good for almost 6 uses per jar for my face. The Honey Blossom Mask is limited edition and the other two are permanent. I bought this three mask collection for CAD $237 as I was looking to repurchase one of my favorite Resurfacing masks and the two others looked so good to try. Overall, I am happy with the results.
Tata Harper is available at Sephora Canada, Net-a-porter, Tata Harper Online, The detox market.
La Prairie is a heritage with an unparalleled commitment to excellence, luxury and the science of skincare. Laboratoires La Prairie traces its proud heritage to the highly renowned Clinique La Prairie in Montreux, Switzerland founded in 1931. For more than half a century, the Clinique has been the pioneer in cellular, anti-aging therapy, sharing its unique accomplishments with thousands of visitors from around the world. La Prairie has luxurious skin care and makeup lines which offer various benefits to the skin based on the concern like “The Caviar Collection”, “Platinum Rare”, “White Caviar”, and more. I was sent La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-lotion and La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift as part of the press kit, I have used these products for more than a month before writing this review. The Skin Caviar Collection is for those who need refined skin texture, soothing, antioxidant protection, increase firmness and elasticity.
The Skin Caviar Collection is described as “A veritable icon, the Skin Caviar collection is the epitome of audacity. A legendary lifting and firming phenomenon, caviar extract helps support natural contours, restoring harmony to the face while profoundly improving the appearance of elasticity and tone.” These products are based on Exclusive Cellular Complex, a patented active ingredient complex that effectively protects against skin aging and damaging environmental influences.
What is Caviar?
Caviar has been known to be a magical source of dense, rich nutrients. Scarce and coveted, Caviar is a precious ingredient, sought after for its prestige, and for its power to enrich and regenerate skin.
More than 25 years ago, La Prairie journeyed to the depths of the sea to capture precious caviar beads and harness their rare restorative powers. The result was the wonder of Skin Caviar, created with potent ingredients from caviar.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-lotion
La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-lotion is described as the first transformative step in your skincare ritual, La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion prepares your skin to reap the benefits of serums and treatments to follow. This light yet potent, hydrating and conditioning formula contains caviar water, a highly-concentrated infusion with active caviar-rich components to lift and firm. It also helps to refine and minimize the appearance of pores.
I am a fan of essences and lotions that are used before the serum. Been using an essence in my skin care routine for years, I know how important an essence is, in order to create the perfect base on your skin to apply the serum and to get most benefits out of the serum. I have been using this morning and night before my serum and I am still so much impressed with it that I can not wait to see how my skin will look in the coming years as I do plan to keep this in my skin care routine for as long as I can. The essence-in-lotion comes packed in a beautiful heavy glass bottle with luxurious feeling as well as a beautiful print on it. I take 3-4 drops of this product on my palm and apply it onto my cleansed face with both hands. Then I massage it until it is absorbed into the skin. I did feel a slight difference in how my skin feels after the first use only and after using it for more than a month, I do feel my skin is more refined, hydrated and conditioned for the next step of using a serum. I do want to mention the fragrance of this product, it is so beautiful and unique, very subtle and luxurious. I sometimes just open the bottle of this essence-in-lotion to inhale the beautiful fragrance. For me, essences were a must-have step in my skincare routine and now after using this one, I am never going to be without it.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift
La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift is described as the next generation gravity-defying serum that lifts, firms and provides long-lasting effects. With a look that pays homage to our iconic skin caviar pearls, this formula contains scientific advancements that create exceptional results. Past skin damage recedes as existing cells are rejuvenated as new ones are super-charged, nourished and protected appearing lifted and taut. This serum epitomizes science and luxury, the heart and soul of La Prairie’s skin caviar collection.
This serum is an all-rounder product in my opinion. I have been using this regularly every night during my night time routine and more than three times during my day time routine and have noticed the difference. This is not something I thought will change, the quality of my skin. I see a major difference in how my skin looks and feel, not just in sense of glow and clarity but also in the sense of the quality and texture of the skin. No wonder why this line and this product are expensive and loved by so many celebrities and stars. My skin felt the firmness which I never thought about, in a good way. The appearance and texture of my skin are better than it ever used to be. The skin feels brighter and radiant after applying this serum. The golden beads that you see are the golden caviar beads stored in a separate chamber. There is a press button that you press and then shake the bottle, the beads turn into a milky emulsion with golden micro shimmer particles.
Both the products have not caused any irritation or sensitivity to my skin. The results from these are not something that you can describe exactly, it is something that you see and feel but still, I tried and explained my experience. And after using these products, now I know why they are so unique and advanced in terms of science and technology as well as the results. I am almost reaching my mid-thirties in few (let me say ‘few’ to feel better) years and I have not felt yet that I need something for lifting and firming but I am always on the side of anti-aging. And you might also think she is young ( in terms of skin, and not that young obviously) and she is suggesting a product for lifting and firming. Yes, I do hear you but as I mentioned this product has come out as an all-rounder for me. If the texture and quality of the skin are good, you will always have a beautiful skin. If you are in your twenties or thirties, I would suggest you check out these products and for my ladies almost in mid-thirties and above, you must try these, you will love me for this.
In spite of noticing the difference in my skin the next day after using these products, I am still noticing improvement every day and so happy with these products. I am definitely a fan and would totally recommend you to check out La Prairie Skin Caviar collection, it is totally worth it and you will not be disappointed. These products from La Prairie have completely changed the way my skin looks today and what I expect from a skin care product. I have never seen such nice and brilliant results on my skin all these years.
These are available at Holt Renfrew in Canada, Online, and In-stores.
What is the smell of love and how will a fragrance smell like love, it is a very difficult yet easy question. The smell of love can mean different things to different people, depending on how they think of love and who they link it to when they think of love. So making a fragrance that smells like love might be a challenge, right? Dior Perfumer-Creator, Francois Demachy explains “The composition has to be exciting and stirring somewhat wild and yet accessible.” The Iconic Miss Dior was debuted in 1947 and it has a fresh, modern spin to it without erasing its beloved signatures, by softening the levels of Jasmine and Patchouli, emphasizing the rose at the heart to make it sensual and suggestive. The dark, earthy notes are eliminated and replaced by lively and exuberant pink peppercorn and bergamot. Demachy says, “It had to burst like love at first sight, A celebration of love to love!” This sounds so like love and the beauty of love. Miss Dior Eau de Parfum (CAD $165 – 100ml) was sent to me as part of the press kit.
The top notes of this fragrance are Calabrian Bergamot Essence. The middle or the heart note is Grasse Rose Absolute/Damascena Rose. The base notes are French Guiana Rosewood and Pink Peppercorn. I would love to mention these beautiful lines from the Dior “Love as a Legacy” questionnaire that is so perfect and explains this fragrance in a beautiful way,
“My waist is slender for it is often embraced.
My lips are pink for they are often kissed.
My skin is bare to be admired.
When all is said and done, I am made for love.
Know this: my youth is eternal; I will never grow old!”
Love is a legacy and love is eternal, and when a fragrance smells like love, that has to be something that is youthful, confident, beautiful, lively and alluring. The packaging of this perfume is in a beautiful glass bottle with a very pretty little bow on the cap. I have been wearing it almost daily. I love how fresh and modern it smells. It is not overpowering and is sensual yet lively. The staying power is good, 6-7 hours on my skin without reapplying which is pretty nice. The campaign for this perfume has Natalie Portman in which she poses the question, “And you. What would you do for love?” If you haven’t checked it out yet, I would suggest you do so.
Miss Dior Eau de Parfum is available at Dior Counters nationwide, and retailer respective .com sites.
“All great things begin with a vision…a dream,” Estée Lauder said. Estee Lauder is a brand that is trusted by women since 1950s and it has always been related to products that are luxurious and revolutionary. This brand came into being when not much was evolved in the beauty industry and with it, the new era of beauty began. My mom used to love Estee Lauder products when I was little and she is still a fan, few of her favorites are now my favorites, I am going to talk about five of them in this post.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (CAD $230) is a cult product loved and praised by so many beauty gurus and beauty writers. IT is said that one bottle of this serum of sold every eight minutes at some place in the world ( I hope I am right with the numbers, might be more but not less) It is a repair serum to fight visible signs of aging for a radiant, youthful-looking complexion. It is suitable for all skin types and is a nice option if you have dullness, dryness, uneven complexion, fine lines, and wrinkles.
If you see in the picture, it is the biggest size available in this product and I bought this after I finished the regular size. I usually go for this in the night when my skin is dull and dry. I cleanse my face, tone it and then massage few drops of this serum and follow with the moisturizer. In the morning, I do see my skin is luminous, hydrated and very comfortable. The texture of the serum is milky and sinks in nicely to the skin. It has been a staple in my skincare routine and I do not see any reason that it will not be repurchased in future by me.
Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum
Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum (CAD $112) works to reduce the look of dark spots, sun spots, post acne marks, dullness, and redness. I have used this very consistently in the starting when I bought this product last year, I did notice a reduction in my acne spots and my skin looked and felt very comfortable.
It did give my skin the radiance that I was lacking with the acne after my delivery and post-partum. It is very gentle and did not give me any irritation or side effects. It is a nice option if you want something gentle yet effective and you have the patience to see the results (in case of dark spots) in a few weeks.
Estee Lauder NightWear Plus 3-Minute Detox Mask
Estee Lauder NightWear Plus 3-Minute Detox Mask (CAD $54) is a detoxifying mask to reduce the look of pores and brighten skin. It has a liquid texture with light clay which dries in minutes, drawing out built-up impurities to liven up lack luster skin. It is my go to mask when I need something in the morning and I am in hurry, I apply this mask and brush my teeth and it is dry once I am done with brushing, it is that fast.
It is very easy to remove and is not drying to my combination skin type. Also, it does help when I feel my skin is congested and I have blackheads or more visible pores. After using this, my skin feels refreshed and smooth. I do feel my skin is more clear and glowy after using this mask. It is a good mask and does what it claims.
Estee Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Essence
Estee Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Essence (CAD $98) is described as to help neutralize irritants and dissolve the look of dull, yellow skin tone. The skin recovers its natural equilibrium and reawakens your youthful rosy glow. Nutritious Rosy Prism: The world’s first high-performance system proven to significantly reduce and help prevent the look of yellow skin tone. It is powered by Pomegranate Nectar Infusion, rich in anti-oxidants, and Pink Peony Extract. Sounds so interesting, right?
For me I did see my skin felt a little neutral, not exactly rosy, may be because I have very yellow undertones, the golden undertone is the right word I think. It does give radiance and luminosity plus it reduces the dullness. The results are the even texture of skin and very subtle neutral rosy skin. With regular use, it gives better results.
Estee Lauder Youth-Dew Dusting Powder
Estee Lauder Youth-Dew Dusting Powder (CAD $44) is a dusting powder with notes of opulent flowers, rich spices, precious woods. The scent of this powder is long last but not overpowering. I prefer to use this after a shower during summer and sometimes in all seasons. The texture is very smooth and I am a fan of the scent.
The box has a good quantity of the product, would last a long time. The duster included in the box is very luxurious and makes the application helpful.
These are not something new I have tested, I have bought and used these products for years and repurchased them, thought of compiling few in one post. Let me know if you like this kind of posts where I talk about the products I have used and loved for quite some time.
Have you used Estee Lauder Products? What is your favorite?