I still have the products from the holiday collection of By Terry on rotation and there is this new concealer highlighter which has been a really nice addition to my makeup. By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush is a medium to full coverage concealer to correct the under-eye area.
By Terry’s Touche Veloutee has a creamy texture, featherweight formula, and blends seamlessly. It illuminates and helps disguise dark circles, camouflage pimples and counteract signs of fatigue. The formula is enriched with ingredients that help combat shadows, puffiness, alongside ‘soft focus’ pigments to create a naturally flawless finish. I really like the silky brush applicator which glides over skin without irritating it.
The coverage is medium and longevity is good. It does not dries out or settles into the lines, unless you have very dry skin or your skin is lacking moisture. The finish is very natural radiant. I dab it directly on spots or the problem areas to create a flawless canvas or apply to outer-corners of the eyes to help fake ‘wide awake’ in an instant. Under the eyes, a one or two dabs work nicely to brighten the overall look. I may or may not follow with a setting powder, it works nicely both ways.
By Terry Touche Veloutee is available in 4 shades as mentioned below and 3 Beige suits for my medium tan skin with golden undertones :
1 Porcelain – Fair pink peach with a luminous finish
2 Cream – Light Yellow Beige with a luminous finish
3 Beige – Warm medium tan with a luminous finish
4 Sienna – Peachy medium tan with a luminous finish
‘To use: Click the pen to release product onto the brush applicator. A little goes a long way—you only need a dab to conceal under-eye darkness. Apply with a stroking motion and pat to blend. Sweep along the arch of your brow for an overall brightening effect.’
Coming to the two brushes I have been using as multi-purpose tools. The brushes are soft, dense, and very comfortable to use on my skin. Both work as described, applies and blends the product seamlessly into the skin.
By Terry Cheek Brush Angled 3 is an angled brush that provides precise and natural-looking application, allowing you to build color from a subtle glow to a more intense finish. It has a chic metallic handle which is elegantly patterned with By Terry’s distinctive logo. The Blush Brush Angled 3 has soft goat hair bristles, to pick up and distribute powder products perfectly. ‘It is made with the highest quality fibers and components, this diffuses blush and bronzing powder beautifully – or can be used to apply sculpting shades beneath your cheekbones and along your jawline – hugging the hollows of your face to create instant, fool-proof definition. A multi-tasking must-have, this creates an enviable, lit-from-within finish – building and blending product seamlessly for a naturally flawless effect.’
By Terry Pencil Brush Dome 3 is specially designed for applying and blending dense matte or shimmery eyeshadows with perfect dexterity and precision. It is perfect to be used for smokey eye, eyeliner, or kohl. It has a chic metallic handle, elegantly patterned with By Terry’s distinctive logo. The Pencil Brush Dome 3 has soft goat hair bristles, to apply and diffuse your powder shadows perfectly. ‘It is made with the highest quality fibers and components, this blends matte and shimmering eye make up seamlessly; the tapered tip nestles neatly in the eyelid crease for effortless contouring, and can be used to soften any edges to achieve an enviable, ‘soft focus’ effect. You can even use this to blur liner – just smudge over any ‘hard’ lines to enhance eyelids with a subtle wash of color. ‘
With combination skin prone to acne and scars since the time I remember, the acne, scars, pigmentation is something I still experience in my mid-30s. And the reason why I said that you need to check this brand is that when nothing else was working for my skin, SkinCeuticals products worked. The brand has been around for over two decades and was born from the skin cancer research that in turn led to some great discoveries in antioxidants which gave birth to some high potency formulas concentrated in pure actives and that penetrate optimally into the skin. The product range includes products to correct signs of aging, protect healthy skin, and prevent future damage.
I have been using four products from SkinCeuticals in my skincare routine and I think they all were good enough to give me results. I have been using LHA Cleansing Gel as a first cleanser in the morning and second cleanser in the evening, Phloretin CF Serum and Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
during the day. In the evenings, I have been using the serum Blemish + Age Defense Serum. I would say I am really impressed with the results and the products DO work on my problem skin.
SkinCeuticals LHA Cleanser is an exfoliating cleanser featuring a conditioning surfactant and a 12% concentration combining lipo-hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, glycerin, and sorbitol to remove excess oils and makeup while decongesting pores and brightening skin. It is specifically formulated for aging skin prone to breakouts. This deep cleansing gel gently refines the appearance of congested pores and helps to reduce blemishes without drying the skin.
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF is a daytime vitamin c antioxidant face serum which aims to deliver environmental protection by neutralizing damaging free radicals. The formula is a combination of 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% ferulic acid. It also helps improve the appearance of discoloration to improve overall skin tone. I have been really liking the effects of this serum, my skin looks brighter, even toned, and I do notice the quality of my skin has improved, including the discoloration from acne scars and redness.
SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is a physical sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection with a transparent finish. The formula is weightless and comfortable to wear. I have purchased this sunscreen few times in the past and works pretty well on my combination skin, never breaks me out. The consistency is fluid and is easy to apply. ‘It is formulated with 100% physical filters Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide and enhanced with Artemia Salina, Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is formulated with a plankton extract to help boost skin’s natural defenses to UV- and heat-induced stress, making it one of the best sunscreens for the face. This silky sheer fluid spreads easily and dries quickly, leaving no residue.’
SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense is another genius product my skin has been really loving and giving me good results. This is the night serum I am using consistently for few weeks as I am liking the results like my skin is bright, my breakouts are way lesser and the new ones do not stay for long, even the painful ones. It is an oil-free face serum that reduces the formation of adult acne and improves visible signs of aging. I really like this targeted approach for the aging skin that is prone to acne, like my skin. ‘The acid blend combines 2% dioic acid with an optimal alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid formulation to reduce the formation of acne and clogged pores, while improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.’
Overall, I am really impressed with the products I have tried, both the day and night serums are for sure something I would like to keep in my skincare routine and will repurchase once these bottles are over. I would recommend you to ‘Find a professional’ here to have a prescription of the proper skincare regimen needed by your skin. Or if you already have a prescription, SkinCeuticals products are available at Beautysense.ca.
*This is a sponsored post, all opinions and reviews are my own
Winter is in full swing and I am already waiting for spring to come. There are many sneak peeks of new launches for spring already which makes the wait for spring even harder. I have two new launches from Decorte Beauty which are giving me spring vibes with the quality formulas and stunning shades. Decorte Powder Blush and Contouring Eyeshadow Palette, both in stunning shades perfect for this harsh weather as well as very welcoming for the spring.
Decorte Powder Blush is a soft-powder blush which melts into the skin instantly, imparting true color along with glow-from-within translucent radiance. The formula glides on to the cheeks, blends in nicely. It did not emphasize any problem areas but did blur them out. The finish is semi-matte with a delicate soft glow which looks very natural. The staying power is really nice and stays on for a whole day for over 7 hours. It works nicely for a no-makeup look and for a soft glamorous everyday look. I use it with my blush brush and a little goes long way, gives a beautiful natural hint of color to the cheeks. The shade PK800 is a light pink color with gives a natural and beautiful hint of pink to my medium tan skin.
Decorte Contouring Eye Shadow palette has four textures to create a contrast between shadow and light. The four different textures in the palette can be used to create radiance and shading to give definition to the eyes. There is an illuminating shade to concentrate light, it is luminous, helps banish dullness. To layer over the illuminating shade is the highlighter color which diffuses light over the entire eyelid and boosts definition. The third color is the accent color to allow bright effect with dark colors. The darkest shade helps with further overall definition depending on the look you want to create. The palette 014 is a feminine pink brown contrast with glamourous hue.
The eyeshadows are packed inside the palette in globe-shaped powder, making it easy to use while looking beautiful inside. The texture is soft and blends easily. The formula is pigmented and easily buildable. The shades work nicely whether alone and in contrast with each other, the lightest shade does works as a nice highlighter too, on the high points of the face or on the brow bone.
Overall, quality formulas and performance is good, great for everyday use. Decorte skincare and makeup products are available at Saks Fifth Avenue.*Press samples
If you have been following me for a while, you might know how much I adore the products from Surratt Beauty, the foundation, blushes, lid lacquer, brushes, and last but not the least the Surreal Skin Concealer. There is new concealer launched by the brand which has become one of my favorite concealers. I took a little longer than usual to post this review with swatches (holiday season you know) but it has been tested for long enough that I can give you all the surety that you might need before you indulge into the Perfectionniste Concealer Palette.
Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Concealer Palette is a full-coverage concealer palette for creating an impeccable complexion and customized coverage. This high-coverage formula obliterates dark circles, blemishes, and other imperfections. Use the lighter shade to conceal and brighten, and the deeper shade on forehead, nose, cheeks, chin. The two shades blended together create an optimal shade to perfectly complement your skin tone, any time of year. The finishing powder sets the concealer and lends light-refraction. This palette is available in six tri-colorways—each with two creams and one setting powder—for customizable coverage.
I am really impressed with this product overall, both the concealer shades and the finishing powder, they all complement each other so nicely. The concealer melts into the skin, without looking cakey or making the skin look dry or emphasize the problem areas. It is quite pigmented and a little is all you need for nice medium coverage which is easily buildable to full.
Another important thing I am really loving this for is the longevity, it stays on put for over 8 hours which for me is so impressive. I use the lighter shade under my eyes to brighten them up and use the darker shade alone or blend it with the lighter shade to spot conceal my acne spots and pigmentation. I use the setting powder with a light hand to set the concealer. I never had to retouch the areas during the 8 hours I have it on, until I am back from work in the evening and remove the makeup myself.
The concealer does not feel heavy, it is very lightweight and applies beautifully on the skin. It even works great as a primer for eyes and even to highlight the high points of the face with the lighter shade.
There are 6 Palettes available which has the following descriptions:
1 White Powder has 2 Creams in Light Pink, Warm Pink and Powder in White
2 Violet Powder has 2 Creams in Light Peach, Warm Peach
3 Yellow Powder has 2 Creams in Warm Peach, Light Tan
4 Orange Powder has 2 Creams in Light Tan, Warm Brown
5 Brown Powder has 2 Creams in Copper, Brown and Powder in Brown
6 Apricot Powder has 2 Creams in Brown, Chocolate
I use Perfectionniste Complexion Brush or my fingertip or any other concealer brush to apply the concealer and a powder brush to apply the setting powder. I prefer to use Perfectionniste Complexion Brush most of the times as it works amazingly with the cream formula, helps apply it precisely as well as does not irritate the sensitive area near eyes. Once I apply it, I tap my finger on the area few times to set it nicely, I feel the warmth of the skin makes the product blend in more nicely to give a more natural finish. The setting powder is very fine, does not settles into the problem areas or lines nor it makes them dry or cakey.
Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Complexion Brush is a densely packed brush for perfecting the complexion in targeted areas. The bristles allow for the optimal deposit of product on the skin, while simultaneously preventing over-saturation. It is equally suitable for applying concealer and foundation, giving a perfectly natural finish. As with other Surratt Beauty brushes I own, this brush is also perfection.
Overall, I am really impressed with both the Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Concealer Palette and Perfectionniste Complexion Brush. The duo has become my favorite, highly recommend. Surratt Beauty is available at Sephora Canada, Beautylish, Sephora, Barneys New York, CultBeauty, and Net-A-Porter*Press samples
I am a fan of limited edition beauty boxes from Lookfantastic and Skinstore as they always have the best-curated products at best prices. The SkinStore x Erno Laszlo Limited Edition Beauty Box has a total worth value of over $282 and retails for $98! This essential Limited Edition box contains 6 hero products from innovative skincare brand, Erno Laszlo, including 5 full-size products.
I have not tried many products from Erno Laszlo except the
Phelityl Night Cream but this brand was on my wishlist to try and I am so glad to have 5 full size products from the brand which retail at the price of one product. About the brand, ‘Dr. Erno Laszlo was a pioneer in skincare. In 1925 the Hungary-born dermatologist healed Hungary’s Princess Stephanie’s acute acne. In the process, he became the first to develop products for acne-prone skin. The master of medicine went on to perfect the world’s most coveted complexions from Europe to Hollywood before bringing his bespoke skincare philosophy to New York City in 1927.’
The limited edition beauty box dedicated to hydrating and nourishing the skin and what could be the more better time than winter. The Box Contains:
Erno Laszlo Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanse (Full Size – 100ml) – is a clarifying formula that delivers deep daily cleansing for clear, healthy-looking skin.
Erno Laszlo Exfoliate & Detox Hydrogel Mask (Single Mask) – is an innovative-delivery gel mask removes dead skin cells and detoxifies, deep down, for a poreless appearance that radiates with alluring vivacity.
Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Sleep Memory Mask (Full Size – 15ml) – is a luxuriously lightweight formula for overnight use that melts into skin with a gel-texture inspired by NASA memory foam, working to replenish moisture levels when skin needs it most while you sleep.
Erno Laszlo Phelityl Night Cream (Full Size -15ml) – is a lightweight replenishing moisturizer that works with your skin during its nightly renewal process to promote plump, hydrated skin come morning.
Erno Laszlo Light Controlling Lotion (Full Size – 200ml) – reduces surface oil and refines your skin to eliminate dullness. Antiseptic Clove Oil eliminates bacteria while Glycerin naturally binds moisture to the skin.
Erno Laszlo Multi-task Eye Serum Mask (Full-size pack) – is a saturated eye mask infused with a cocktail of powerful ingredients to tackle signs of aging and fatigue around the delicate eye area.
The box is very curated by the SkinStore Beauty Box team and Erno Laszlo skincare experts and the presentation in the box is perfect to gift it to yourself or a skincare lover. The boxes are extremely limited in the number, so I would recommend you to check it out on SkinStore here before they run out of stock.*Press samples