I am a fan of the Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation, reviewed here, since the last few years and it is one of my go-to foundation for everyday use. Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation is one of the new launches which I have been so intrigued to try this year. Since the first look of the unique foundation bottle surfaced online, it has really created an impression of uniqueness and luxury from the house. The word ‘glow’ in the name of the foundation is another plus-plus for me, I am all about the natural glow, dewy skin.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation

Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation is described as a foundation made with 97% naturally-derived ingredients with a natural glow finish that lasts for 16 hours. The formula combines makeup with skincare benefits of hydrating, balancing, and protecting the skin from pollution. The unique design of the bottle by world-renowned designer Mathieu Lehanneur symbolizing the subtle art of balance.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation

Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation has a creamy texture that blends easily into the skin and looks very natural after application until the end of the day without caking or breaking. The formula is pigmented and one and a half pump is enough for me to have even more than medium coverage. It blends nicely with my fingers, brush, and even a sponge. I do like it better with the brush launched along with the foundation called Guerlain L’Essentiel Retractable Foundation Brush. The finish is radiant glowy skin and after a few minutes, it is more of dewy finish which I am obsessed with.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation

For my oily areas on the face – basically my nose and forehead, I use loose powder with a very light hand. It stays put all day with or without finishing powder. The pump bottle is really nice to work with. The finish looks very natural, like healthy supple radiant skin. With the skincare benefits in this formula, I am very positive it is keeping my skin in balance now and for the future.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation

The primer base I prefer under the foundation is the Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil, reviewed here, which I religiously incorporate in my skincare routine, I am on my third bottle, it is that good. The combination works great to give the flawless radiant finish that lasts for over 10 hours on my skin. The foundation does work well with other Guerlain primers I have tested it with –
Guerlain Blurring Active Base and Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation Abielle Royal Youth Watery Oil

Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation is available in 30 shades and I have swatched all the shades of the foundation below.

00N – Porcelain

00C – Porcelain with cool undertones

00W – Porcelain with warm undertones

01N – Very light

01C – Very light cool

01W – very light warm

02N – light

02C – light cool

02W – light warm

03N – Natural

03C – natural cool

03W – natural warm

03.5C – beige cool

03.5N – beige

3.5W – beige warm

04N – medium

04C – medium cool

04W – medium warm

04.5N – amber

04.5C – amber cool

4.5W – amber warm

05N – honey

05C – honey cool

05W – honey warm

05.5N – deep

05.5C – deep cool

05.5W – deep warm

06N – very deep

06C – very deep cool

06W – very deep warm

For my medium skin tone with golden undertones, the closest match to my skin tone in Lingerie de Peau is 4N as I think 4W was a bit too yellow for me. I have swatched the Lingerie de Peau with the L’Essential Natural Glow Foundation in 4C, 4N, 4W. I am using 4N for both foundations, means you can easily shade match from Lingerie de Peau to the new L’Essential foundation.

Guerlain Retractable foundation brush is also designed by Mathieu Lehanneur. The design is ergonomic and makes the application of the foundation a very pleasant and gentle ritual on the skin. It goes nicely on all the areas of the face, sides of the nose, eye contour. I did not experience any streaking or demarcation lines for a natural make-up finish. I have washed the brush a few times, easy to clean, and there has been no shedding. The innovative retractable sleeve protects the soft, synthetic fibres.

Overall, I am really impressed by the formula and finish of this foundation. This foundation is absolutely worth checking out. Guerlain Beauty Products and Home Fragrances are available at Guerlain Boutiques, Hudson’s BayShoppers Drug Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Holt Renfrew.

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The first signs of aging are usually around the eyes where the delicate area around the eyes starts to lose that vitality and youthfulness it once had. I do not believe in reversing back the time but the most I can do to maintain what I have, in other words, age gracefully is my mantra. ‘The contours of the eyes and lips are particularly delicate areas and require the additional support of specifically formulated products. For these delicate areas of the face, Sisley offers specific plant-based skincare products that reduce dark circles and under-eye puffiness, smooth fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, and nourish, hydrate, and protect the lips.’ I am sharing my recent find from Sisley Paris for the eye and lip contours called Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream.

Sisley Paris Sisleÿa L'Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream

The eye contour area, as I mentioned before is fragile and the one affected by the behavioral and lifestyle factors, such as stress or overexposure to the sun. Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream addresses the visible signs associated with the three types of aging: genetic and environmental aging, and now, those linked to personal lifestyle. The cream includes specific ingredients to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines for a more youthful look, firms the upper eyelids, helps to lighten the appearance of blue and brown dark circles to make the eyes look visibly brighter, reduces the look of under-eye puffiness. Keep in mind that there are no essential oils in the formulation and is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Sisley Paris Sisleÿa L'Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream

The eye contour cream is a great addition to my skincare routine. It is very creamy, smooth, and has nice consistency which is not very thick in texture and glides on nicely on the skin, a little is all I need. My eye contour is moisturized, fine lines appear faded and the eyes appear rested and brighter. The skin looks smooth, firm, and puffiness and dark circles appear blurred. The lip contour area looks and feels visibly more supple, defined, and youthful.

With the eye contour cream, another thing I have been obsessed with is the limited edition Ridoki massage applicator which is included with the cream. It cools, prepares, and soothes the area prior to cream application. This has become my go-to and I can instantly feel and see the difference.

Sisley Paris Sisleÿa L'Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream

I use the eye contour cream morning and night, after cleansing, toning, and applying the serum on the face, I prepare the eye area with the Ridoki tool and absolutely in love with this ritual. It feels so smooth, cooling and relaxing on the eye area. Then I apply the Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream on the eye area, both on the lids and under the eyes, on the lip contours. I tap gently on the eye contour until the cream is absorbed. I do the same for the lip contour and even apply it on the lips. This has to be one of my favorite skincare product for the eye and lip area.

I have been really enjoying Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream in my skincare routine and highly recommend this. Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream is available at Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth AvenueNordstrom, and Sisley-Paris.ca

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I know Valentine’s day passed last month but for me, I can wear floral scents especially the Queen of flowers – rose scents all year long depending on my mood. It is almost Spring and the excitement to wear the florals is more than any other time of the year. In this editorial, I am sharing my thoughts on À la rose Eau de Parfum by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris which is inspired by Marie Antoinette’s love of roses and the painting Marie-Antoinette à la Rose by Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun in which she is holding a rose in her hands. The scent was launched in 2014.

À la rose Eau de Parfum - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

‘À la rose is an ode to femininity, a declaration of love translated into a fragrance. Two hundred and fifty freshly bloomed roses from Grasse offer their unequaled richness to every bottle.’ The olfactory description of the fragrance is below:

Damascena rose from Bulgaria 
Centifolia rose from Grasse
Bergamot from Calabria 
Orange from California 
Violet flower accord
Magnolia blossom 
Woody cedar musky accord

Two varieties of rose have bestowed the radiance and richness of their petals on this Eau de Parfum: two hundred and fifty Centifolia roses from Grasse (May Rose) in the form of an absolute produce a very floral base note with sweet honeyed and carnal accents. One hundred and fifty Damascena roses from Bulgaria in the form of an essential oil create a top note with a playful blend of pear and lychee.

À la rose Eau de Parfum - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

On me, the fragrance is a gentle, bright, soft, and airy rose with suble hints of orange fruity which becomes a little richer with time, keep in mind the word richer, it does not means stronger. With the high quality raw materials, the scent stands out in a positive way. To me it is more like a real, effortless, close to yourself rose scent which stays with you, reminds you of something very caressing and gentle. It reminds of the dewy rose on a morning. It does not gives the impressions of the hundreds of sweet rose fragrances in the market. I can imagine freshly plucked petals of the rose lightly crushed in the fingers. There is a slight whiff of woodiness that I can smell. The longevity on my skin is over 4-5 hours and after that it does not dissipates but becomes a skin scent for me, I can smell it when I have my wrist near my nose. With the discreetness and sheerness of this scent, it is perfect for everyday use, even at work – very elegant and classy.

À la rose Eau de Parfum - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris fragrances are available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and online at franciskurkdjian.com . 

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