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?
Guerlain has a special place in my heart, being the legacy of this brand or the products, everything it does is luxurious. Luxurious not just in the sense of the formula, packaging, products but also when it comes to giving to the environment. I attended the beauty back to school session with Guerlain Canada team and I am more than a fan of this brand after knowing what they do behind the scenes. It was my first time that I met Maxime Poulin, International Makeup Artist for Guerlain and Guerlain team, it was such a nice experience for a person who being a nerd all life and now after knowing the importance and impact of self-care in the means of makeup or skincare, it did widen my horizons about this whole concept. I received the products in the beauty class and I have used them few times before writing this post. Guerlain Fall 2017 Collection is all about lips, Kisskiss Matte and Liquid Velvet.
Guerlain Kisskiss Matte (CAD $44) is the french kisskiss in a matte version. It is a hydrating and plumping matte lipstick, which is intense like a lipstick and comfortable like a balm. The Imperceptible spice extract in the formula gives the illusion of voluminous lips. The precious oils provide nourishment and hydrate the lips. The new generation of hyaluronic acid provides volume and curve to the lips. The Iconic packaging of the kisskiss is adorned with a golden matte veil which looks very stunning. It is available in 9 captivating shades for all occasions.
Guerlain Intense Liquid Matte (CAD $40) is a creamy velvet lip color. The formula is created with hyaluronic acid and tiger grass which ensures a soft and enjoyable sensation on the lips. Gloss d’Enfer iconic packaging is reinvented in its most glamorous and elegant black tie and dye version. I have used both these lip products and both are very comfortable to wear. They are hydrating and the staying power is good. The formula is very pigmented. I was sent Kisskiss Matte in Shade M330 Spicy Burgundy and Intense Liquid Matte in M71 Exciting Pink, both are swatched at the end of this post. It is available in 7 hypnotic shades for every mood.
Apart from the above new launches for the fall collection, sharing few other new favorites from Guerlain. Guerlain Kisskiss Liplift Smoothing Lipstick Primer (CAD $44) is a smoothing base in a stick which helps define lip contour, smoothes and prepares the lips for long lasting makeup. The texture is very creamy, rich and supple which does stay on without any slippery feeling, that is why the lipstick will stay on for a long time. It is available in one neutral translucent shade which helps preserve and enhance the color of lipstick. I did not notice any feathering of the lipstick while using this as the base. The fragrance of this primer is subtle vanilla-violet with the sparkling scent of berries.
Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow Touch (CAD $48) is described as a luminizer stick with meteorites mix of colors that allow creating an easy strobing. The shade “Golden Glow” is something that will work perfectly to enhance the complexion without looking unnatural. It does give that natural effect which is an enhanced version of your own self with revived complexion. It has a delicate violet fragrance. The formula is created with Stardust technology which has diamond powder encapsulated in microspheres to create soft focus perfecting halo, like an ideal mix of correcting and illuminating colors. I apply it on the top of my cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupids bow, angles of my eyebrows and it gives the perfect natural radiance. I blend it by tapping my finger on it.
Guerlain Terracotta Sun Trio (CAD $63) is described as the first Guerlain Bronzer and contouring powder that combines three shades in one palette, to tan, contour, and light the complexion. The finish is ultra-natural matte. The fragrance is the signature terracotta scent which I am a fan, the best part of applying makeup when I am using my Guerlain Terracotta bronzer. There are three ways described to use this powder. For easy and sunny contouring, the bottom bronzing shade is applied by tracing 3 on each side of the face and then shaded areas are created by the top right darker shade under the cheekbones to the sides of the forehead and along the sides of the nose. The light shade is applied to the temples and under the outer corner of the eyes and the t-zone. For a natural glow, all the shades and blended together and applied as per the need. The natural shade does work very well to provide an all over glow to the face for my medium tan skin tone with yellow undertones.
Guerlain Blurring Active Base (CAD $52) is multi purpose product which is a makeup base as well as provides skin care benefits. It blurs the appearance of pores and provides a shine-free complexion. The texture is non-greasy and feels very fresh on the skin. It contains UrbanProtect Complex which has antioxidant properties similar to Vitamin E and helps fight pollution and protects the skin by targeting free radicals. It works very well as a makeup base and keeps the makeup last longer, and also as a skincare product which can be used as such over the skincare products as the last step. It is available in one universal white rosy shade which is invisible upon application.
Being a Guerlain products consumer since last few years, the products are per expectations and I am satisfied with the results. What is your favorite from this collection? Which Guerlain Product is on your wishlist?
By Terry Expert 2017 Collection is all about fulfilling every mood and whim of a selfie-lover with no filter. In this era where selfie’s play an important part of our daily lives and routines, something that enhances your beauty making you go without filter is a game changer. This cultural trend of looking photo ready all the time for selfies inspired Terry de Gunzburg to create this collection. By Terry has launched two new products this season called Compact-Expert Dual Powder and Stylo-Expert Click Stick. Both the products are created travel-friendly and multifaceted to make them wearable for every lifestyle.
Terry explains, “I wanted to create a collection that provides plenty of benefits without requiring any particular expertise. The objective was to attain a flawless skin that doesn’t require photo touch-ups, but appears just as perfect and clear as it does in real life”. This new collection utilizes I.M.C. Intensive Mimetic Camouflage technology, inspired by the challenges of backstage and photo-shoot makeup sessions. It is formulated with a blend of optical prisms, micro-camouflage pigments, and mineral powders. They all work together to blur imperfections, smooth skin;s overall texture, minimize shine, enhance the natural beauty of the complexion and capture and reflect light giving an instant radiance. I was kindly sent Compact-Expert Dual Powder in Shade 5 and Stylo-Expert Click Stick in Shade 11 for review.
Compact-Expert Dual Powder
Compact – Expert Dual Powder is described as a new hybrid powder with powers of mattifying, illuminating, blushing, bronzing sculpting, strobing and concealing powers. Is there something this powder can not do? Such Multitasker! The powder has matte powder on the outside and iridescent highlighter in the center.
The outer matte powder can be used as a mattifier for shine areas on the face, concealing imperfections, adding warmth to the face depending on the skin tone. The center iridescent highlighter illuminates and complements the outer matte powder. To get the sculpt look, the darker shade can be applied followed by lighter shade to contour the face.
Both shades when blend together gives an all-over natural glow to the complexion. There are eight shades available in these powders and based on the skin tone, they can serve multiple areas. The packaging of this powder is in the By Terry signature dark purple case. The texture of this powder is very buttery, one of the most beautiful texture I have felt and used. The shade 5 Amber Light suits my skin tone perfectly and works as a great all-over powder when blended together.
The center highlighter gives a beautiful natural glow to the skin. The outer matte powder works perfectly to reduce the shine without blocking the glow. The powder blends very easily into the skin and looks super natural. I did not notice any creasing, caking or settling into the lines and other imperfections on the face. I did notice the powder stayed in place all day for over 7 hours and at the end of the day, I was still looking a lot better than I do most of the days. I am a fan and would totally recommend this to anyone who prefers natural yet selfie-ready look all the time.
Stylo-Expert Click Stick
Stylo-Expert Click Stick is described as a silky stick, featuring an ultra creamy, ultra-lightweight formula that serves to cover dark circles, camouflage imperfections and unifies the complexion. Based on the shade and the skin tone, it can be used to sculpt the face. The formula is highly concentrated in pigments and a little product is required to cover most areas of the face. It contains Macadamia oil which is known to provide comfort and moisture to the skin making the product non-drying.
The finish of this product is velvety and radiant. To meet every need and fulfill every whim, Terry de Gunzburg created an application that is incredibly simple to master and perfectly effective: “Pat the product onto the areas that need correcting, as if you were making polka dots, and then blend into the skin with the fingertips or a sponge or brush.” There are 12 colors available in Stylo-Expert Click Stick. The product inside the silky stick is in tapered tear drop shaped tip that reaches every curve and hollow of the face. I like the idea of pressing the stick, press once and the product appears instantly. Shade 11 Amber Brown is a good match for my medium tan skin tone with yellow undertones. I have used it conceal my blemish marks, a small dab of the product on the area is all it needs to cover and conceal it. I like the way it feels, very creamy and blends very well into the skin, without looking extra.
Overall I am a fan and would totally recommend you to give them a try. They are technically crafted and superior as professional makeup products, with the best luxurious feeling and results. Both these products are available on all By Terry retailers and .com websites.