Darphin Paris has some amazing products which work so well for what they are formulated for, which is why there is always at least one product from Darphin in the rotation in my skincare routine every day, there are days when I use more. Darphin products have most precious botanicals and natural ingredients, Darphin’s beautifully aromatic formulas offer the perfect blend of pleasure and performance. I have reviewed few in the past which I still love and few I have already emptied. Darphin Illuminating Oil Serum and Illuminating Oil Gel-Cream reviewed here are already empty and they were loved by my skin, so are Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid and Darphin Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream of which the fluid is empty and the cream is a little left. One more favorite which I have recommended to most of my friends, colleagues, and even most of you who asked me by messaging me is the Darphin Stimulskin Plus Multi-Corrective Divine Eye Cream which is hands down one of my favorite eye cream, I still have a little less than half of it and can’t stop having it in rotation. So what I meant to say is I have loved everything I have tried and used from the brand. In this post, I am compiling a few products new to me which I have been testing since February this year and wanted to share with you guys.
Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood
Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood is described as a cleansing balm that transforms with water into a silky milk texture to leave skin pristinely clean, smooth, supple, and luminously radiant. ‘ Indulge in a blissful, purifying spa experience. Exquisite aromatic pleasure engulfs the senses as this opulent balm entraps impurities, nourishes the skin, and relieves tightness. The balm transforms with water into a silky, non-oily, noncomedogenic milk to leave skin pristinely clean, smooth, supple, and luminously radiant. The formula features marula oil, sage, ylang-ylang, and rosewood essential oils to hydrate and nourish skin while imparting a relaxing scent. ‘
I have used different cleansing balms and cleansing oils due to my love and passion for skincare and always have a few on rotation. Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm is a beautiful product with some really nice ingredients, which not only work to cleanse but also to impart a beautiful glow and relaxing ritual in the routine. The balm melts into the skin to remove the makeup if you are using as first cleanse and to remove impurities if used as a second cleanse in the evening or first cleanse in the morning. The balm has a clean aromatic smell and a little is enough to melt away the makeup, even the mascara in an effective manner. I apply a small amount on my dry face, including eyes and then massage it.
If I use it as a second cleanse or as first cleanse in the morning, I do massage it into the skin and then wipe off with a hot cloth. If not using the hot cloth, the oily texture becomes creamy like milk when combined with water and is rinsed well with it. My face feels clean and soft, radiant and no residue. I have used it as a mask too and works so well for deep cleansing and purifying. A little goes a long way, I highly recommend you to check this out for its effectiveness, gentle formula, and results as a cleanser whether you use makeup or not.
Darphin Lumière Essentielle Instant Purifying & Illuminating Mask
Darphin Lumière Essentielle Instant Purifying & Illuminating Mask is a 2-in-1 mask which has two products in one serving different purposes and works perfectly as a routine. The packaging has step 1 and 2 embossed on it so that it is easy to get started.
Step 1: It is the white creamy side of the packaging called Instant Purifying Mask which helps refine skin texture and unclogs pores with Kaolin Clay.
Step 2: It is the peachy golden color creamy texture formula called Instant Illuminating Mask which weightlessly hydrates and enhances radiance with Hyaluronic Acid and essential oils of citrus, florals, ginger, and cedarwood. Instantly, skin looks healthy, freshly plumped and blossoms with radiance.
I have used it twice and sometimes thrice in a week. It works great on the lazy evenings as well as when skin needs some help with purifying and radiance. I apply the step 1 Instant Purifying Mask on the cleansed skin and then keep it on for 5-10 minutes. I rinse the wash and pat it dry. Then I follow with Step 2 Instant Illuminating Mask and keep it on for 10-15 minutes. Then I massage the rest of the product onto the skin and no rinsing, like an overnight treatment. The masks are not to be applied around the delicate eye area. I notice my skin is calm, fresh, and radiant in the morning. The pores look clean and skin feels soft. I have noticed regular masking keeps my skin soft, bright and helps with congestion.
Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream
Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream is described as a sensuous, cocooning cream that visibly enhances elasticity and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles for a firmer look and feel. ‘Exquisâge infuses life to your skin to complement your attitude and reveal your radiant inner beauty. Thanks to the breakthrough “CelluVie™ Complex” and skin strengthening Probiotics, this sensuous cocooning cream rapidly replenishes skin with comforting moisture and protection. Elasticity is visibly enhanced for a firmer look and feel. Lines and wrinkles are softened. Luminosity is boosted to reveal a radiant glow that enlivens the beauty of your complexion.’
I have used this alternatively with the Ideal Resource until spring but now I have been using the Exquisâge which I think is perfect for all year round. The formula is rich yet light-weight, absorbs fast into the skin, not greasy and does not leaves residue or clog pores. It provides hydration and the skin is soft, calm, and comforting.
The aroma is pleasant and uplifts the mood when applying. With some really nice anti-oxidants, it is perfect if you are just starting to take care of your skin or looking for something antiaging or looking for a change from your current moisturizer or cream. This is one of those creams which works for my congestion prone skin. My skin looks radiant, smoother, and more refined with this cream. It works as a nice moisturizer for both day and night.
Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50
Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50 is described as a weightless, sheer fluid to protect skin with SPF 50, leaving it brighter and healthier-looking. ‘The strength of environmental protection in its most delicate form. Helps protect sensitive skin from pollution, including the eye area. With a gentle blend of 100% mineral UVA/UVB filters, this sheer, nude-toned fluid disappears on the skin leaving it smooth, luminous and comfortably protected.’
It is lightweight, and absorbs into the skin fast, does not makes the skin oily after a few hours. There is no residue from the product. I notice it leaves the skin glowing, not any white cast. It did not clog my pores or caused any irritation or breakouts. It works great both as a makeup base and as a sunscreen. The important thing is not to forget it to shake well before applying.
Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil
Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil is described as a non-sticky oil for face, body, and hair, that leaves you with a sunkissed, youthful-looking glow. ‘Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil leaves a veil of shimmer for a sunkissed glow. Featuring the elegant Soleil Plaisir’s white floral fragrance, the non-greasy formula enhances and prolongs the look of a tan, softens skin, and improves suppleness. ‘
The oil absorbs quickly and gives the gentlest beautiful glow to the face, hair, and body. In the sunlight, there is subtle sparkle which looks beautiful. It is hydrating and nourishing at the same time. On the hair, it looks beautiful too, slightest shimmer in the sunlight, perfect for the beach or for outings. There is a nice scent which is not overpowering and dissipates shortly after application.
Overall, some nice products from Darphin most of which are cult favorite or best sellers, I would highly recommend you to check this line for your skin concerns or if you have any questions about any of the product I reviewed above or before on my blog, you can always send me a message on my Instagram or in the comments section below. Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood, Darphin Lumière Essentielle Instant Purifying & Illuminating Mask, Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream, Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50, and Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil are available at Sephora Canada, Beautyboutique by ShoppersDrugMart, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Darphin.com, Neiman Marcus.
Pur Cosmetics is known for its mineral-based makeup and skincare products. That means the products are formulated with good-for-skin ingredients to help cover skin imperfections and also to helps correct the overall appearance of skin. The brand is cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, paraben-free, gluten-free, BPA-free, alcohol-free, talc-free, and environmentally responsible. Pur Cosmetics Summer 2018 Collection is all about fresh and glowing complexion for a flawless natural skin. The collection includes 4-in-1 Foundation Stick, Translucent Loose Setting Powder, On Point Liquid Eyeliner, and 4-in-1 Lip Duo
Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Foundation Stick
Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Foundation is a cream to velvet matte stick which creates a flawless illusion. The 4-in-1 foundation is medium to full coverage and can be used as a highlighter or contour cream. The product is enclosed in a sleek octagonal stick that helps application easy on the face and around the curves. The formula contains Ceretin Complex known as an age-defying ingredient, it also contains nourishing energy complex to color correct and brighten the appearance of uneven skin tone, retain hydration, reduce the look of pores and dullness and it also protects the skin against environmental stressors, skin fatigue, and signs of aging.
The stick foundation is very practical and easy to use. The formula glides on effortlessly on the skin and blends nicely. The coverage is medium and easily buildable. The shade I have in the swatch is Blush Porcelain which is more of highlighter shade for as it is too light for my medium tan skin tone but there are 24 shades available in it so there is something for most of the skin tones. The packaging is beautiful, looks so chic and stylish. Another plus point is the packaging being travel-friendly.
Pur Cosmetic Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Pur Cosmetic Translucent Loose Setting Powder is a microfine setting powder that helps prevent your makeup from caking and creasing. The light, fluffy powder applies easily without making a mess with the help of the built-in sponge. To apply, just shake, tap, and sweep the powder onto the skin. The translucent matte finish blends seamlessly and won’t settle into fine lines or pores. The special mineralized formula helps blur the look of imperfections and set the makeup.
The packaging is so cute and adorable, feels very soft and classic in hands. The built-in-sponge and the design of the whole product and packaging are very innovative. The powder is very fine and blends in nicely into the skin. It gives a nice veil on the skin which is radiant and invisible at the same time. Overall, a nice setting powder which looks beautiful. It does not settle into the pores and lines.
Pur Cosmetics On Point Liquid Eyeliner
The trend this summer is the cat eye in an oversized, imperfect and graphic version, means you can go above and beyond your creativity to create that eye which is both beautiful and on trend. Pur Cosmetics On Point Liquid Eyeliner has a fine and flexible felt tip which delivers thin to thick lines with ease without smudging, creasing or fading. It goes on smoothly without skipping or pulling and is quick to dry. The ultra0matte liquid liner is enriched with Lash Rejuvenation Complex and Passionflower Oil to prevent premature lash fallout and provides skin with needed moisture without causing the formula to smudge or run. The formula is dark black and I really like it, the felt tip works well and is easy to use. The staying power is really good and stays on well for a whole day without smudging, creasing, or fading.
Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Lip Duo
Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Lip Duo is a quick pro-style, dual-ended lippie gives fun and functionality with 4-in-1 benefits. The lip duo contains a creamy transfer-resistant, matte lip stain on one side and an ultra-nourishing lip oil treatment enriched with moisturizers like agave and lip plumping goodness. I am really liking the formula and bright shade. The red shade would look great on most of the skin tones. The staying power is impressive. The duo works well together and even alone. It did not dry my lips or emphasized the lines or dryness.
Overall, beautiful packaging, nice formula, and an amazing range of products. Pur Cosmetics – Summer 2018 Collection is available at beautiboutique.ca by Shoppers Drug Mart.
Bottega Veneta is a brand I admire. Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum is the first fragrance from the house in collaboration with Coty Prestige and was launched in 2011. Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum is a perfume that smells different from what we are used to from designer fragrances. Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum is described as a leathery floral chypre, representing the scented signature of the house – the invisible, private luxury. The nose behind the fragrance is Michel Almairac.
From the vision of Bottega Veneta ‘When your own initials are enough’, explained by the house as: Discretion, quality, and unsurpassed craftsmanship–Bottega Veneta has established a new standard of luxury since its founding in Vicenza in 1966. Steeped in the traditions of Italy’s master leather craftsmen and renowned for its extraordinary leather goods, Bottega Veneta stands for individuality and self-confidence, a philosophy expressed in its famous motto, “When your own initials are enough.” The principles that define the brand are unchanging: outstanding craftsmanship, innovative design, contemporary functionality, and the highest quality materials. Also constant is Bottega Veneta’s commitment to its ateliers, where artisans of remarkable skill combine traditional mastery with breathtaking innovation. Indeed, there is an unusual and inspired collaboration between artisan and designer at the heart of Bottega Veneta’s approach to luxury, a partnership perfectly symbolized by the house’s signature intrecciato woven leather. Tomas Maier, the creative force behind Bottega Veneta, conceived of Bottega Veneta’s first fragrance as a dream of the Venetian countryside. In this vision, suffused with warmth, sunshine, and the gentle sound of cicadas, sits an elegant and austere old villa.
Combining soft, rounded curves and powerful shapes, a smooth outside and an intrecciato texture on the bottom, the Bottega Veneta bottle is an object that reveals its 26 complexity only over time. The colors are signature Bottega Veneta: a brunito cap and collar, an ebano logo, and a skin-colored leather ribbon clipped with a brunito butterfly. The bottle itself, inspired by Venetian glasswork and the traditional Italian carafe, designed with an eye for timeless lines
The top notes of the fragrance are Bergamot and Pink Pepper. The middle notes are Jasmine. The base notes of the fragrance are Patchouli, Oak Moss, and Leather. It is a beautiful composition which is sophisticated, darker yet soft. The bright spicy notes in the opening give creamy sweetness. Then it transforms into the creamy velvety warmth of moss and woods. The leather in the base notes is tender having that classical tangy leather richness without being smoky and rough. The floral notes in the fragrance remain hidden under the leather and woody notes and give a nice blend of both. Another fragrance I love from the house is Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours which I reviewed here.
This is a beautiful scent which is sophisticated, sexy and perfect for a self-assured confident yet understated woman. it is well-crafted, elegant, and can be the perfect signature scent. It can be more of winter or fall fragrance if you change the scents with the season but if you are more like the signature scent, it can be perfect all year long. For me, it is perfect to wear every day, every season, and everywhere. I have been wearing it to work and love it. It is warm, soft, creamy, fresh, and quiet. Quiet yet noticeable I mean. On my skin, it stays on for over 7 hours and longer on my clothes. For sure, it is one of my favorite fragrance, love how beautiful the scent is, the perfumer is indeed a genius.
Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum is available at Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew.
Being a skincare lover and passionate about it, Sjal Skincare has been high on my list to try products since I read their philosophy and how gemstones play a role in skincare. Sjal is a Swedish word which means ‘soul’ and in the context of this skincare line, it means ‘spirit, mind, heart, and soul’. As per the official description about Sjal, ‘Bioactive anti-aging skincare integrating eastern medicines with the latest in European and Japanese biotechnologies, infused with gemstone energy and subtle energy programming. själ incorporates the highest possible standards for quality and product performance to visibly restore, nourish, and reverse signs of aging. Working at a cellular level to balance and detoxify while protecting skin from the damaging effects of stress, fatigue, and travel, själ offers innovation and luxury to every element of its well-edited, multi-functional regimen.’
According to the founders of the brand, Karen, and Kristin Petrovich, ‘ We wanted to develop a luxury skincare line that was simple to use, highly effective on all skin types and most importantly, founded on holistic principles. Our challenge has been balancing science, nature, wellness, and beauty in a way that is intuitive, and functional for a modern lifestyle.’
I have been using the Sjal Balans deep pore cleanser, Sjal Kashmir Saphir perfecting mask, and Sjal Cela Intuitif Light Cellular Brightening & Renewal Cream in my skincare routine and have been so glad to have them in the rotation. All the love and praise this line gets are all real.
Sjal Balans Deep Pore Cleanser
Sjal Balans Deep Pore Cleanser is a luxurious, non-foaming, aqueous gel-crème cleanser that delivers instant hydration, calming and soothing benefits while detoxifying skin, minimizing pores and brightening the complexion. Removes excess sebum and helps protect against moisture loss and irritation, leaving skin cleansed, radiant, nourished, toned, and lifted. A refined, modern version of a classic deep pore cleanser. It is suitable for all skin types.
The key benefits include:
- Contains silver and gold colloidal which are known as natural anti-bacterials and antimicrobials helping to balance and calm skin.
- Regulating sebum while reducing appearance of pores and skin shine with African whitewood extract.*
- Helps promote cellular detoxification, oxygenation, and brightening with a pearl extract complex.**
- Helps protect against water loss with fig leaf extract and bio-adhension moisture complex.***
- Helps softens and soothes skin with rice bran extract and vitamin e
- Breaks down and emulsifies make-up.
The key ingredients include African whitewood extract, bio-adhesion moisture complex, and fig extract. The gemstones/minerals in this cleanser are silver, gold, pearl, and rose quartz.
I apply this cleanser to dry or damp skin, then massage gently and rinse off. It has one of the most luxurious texture and is very easy to use. The skin feels clean, soft, and radiant. I use this as my second or third cleanser in the evening and as my first cleanser in the morning. There are a beautiful radiance and freshness I feel when I use this cleanser, the skin feels so comfortable using this. I notice no breakouts, or congested pores while using this. This is a beautiful ritual in my skincare routine which I enjoy using.
Sjal Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask
Sjal Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask is a luxurious mask contains blue copper, blue sapphire, and blue lotus for restorative, firming, and regenerative benefits. This super-active treatment protects, softens, calms, and evens skin tone while increasing oxygen uptake. Helps to firm, lift, and refine pores. Leaves skin glowing, perfected, and decongested. The key benefits include:
- Helps to lift, tone and firm with amino acids, gold, platinum and silver.*
- Helps to balance, restore and even skin tone with blue sapphire, silk proteins, bio-chemical tissue salts.
- Delivers calming, anti-irritation and oxygenating benefits with bisabolol, ginger root, tamanu oil, royal jelly, blue chamomile, lavender, ginseng and herbs for oxygen uptake.**
- Perfect ‘pick-me up’ for tired dull skin
The key ingredients include amino acid complex, biochemical tissue salts, silk proteins, oxygenating herbs, and royal jelly. the gemstones/minerals in this mask include gold, platinum, blue sapphire, and blue copper.
I apply this mask on my cleansed skin from face to decollete, avoiding the eye area twice a week. Leave this on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with warm water. I follow with my serum and night cream after it. My skin feels soft, calm, and even. It is a really nice addition to my masks which is helping me keep my problem skin in control and I have noticed negligible congestion, breakouts, and any irritation or sensitivity on my skin while having this on rotation. Indeed, this mask deserves to be on my top 5 masks for keeping my skin calm, even, and radiant. My skin has the glow from within feel and look, this mask is wonderful and highly recommend you for a glowing, even, and decongested skin. My skin looks both restored and regenerated, clearer and brighter.
Sjal Cela Intuitif Light Cellular Brightening & Renewal Cream
Sjal Cela Intuitif Light Cellular Brightening & Renewal Cream is a lightweight crème designed to brighten skin, detoxify, and minimize pores. Cela Intuitif [light cellular renewal crème] promotes cellular renewal and reduces fine lines. Polishes, nourishes and hydrates skin without irritation, while calming inflammation. This unique formula contains brightening peptides, licorice, pearl and plant extracts for brightening, a carnosine peptide for detoxification, african whitewood for pore minimization and platinum multi-peptides for anti-aging. The non-oily, lightweight texture prevents clogged pores while balancing moisture levels. Ideal for combination to oily skin, or anyone who prefers a lightweight crème. The key benefits include:
- Helps to diminish the appearance of wrinkles through the use of long-term peptide complex, själ rejuva complex™, and elastin peptide complex. *
- Promotes skin clarity and reduction of fine lines through gentle exfoliation with natural fruit acids
- Evens skin clarity and pigmentation through gentle polishing.**
- Helps protect renewed skin against further damage from free radical scavengers with oil soluble vitamin c, superoxide dismutase and green tea
- Promotes wrinkle smoothness and improves tone and elasticity with red algae extract, bisabolol, and matrixyl 3000. ***
The key ingredients are advanced brightening peptide, oil soluble vitamin c, sjal renuva complex, platinum peptide, super oxide dismutase, red algae extract, and matrixyl 3000. The gemstones/minerals in the cream are själ signature gemstone blend: sapphire, diamond, amethyst, citrine, ruby, quartz, and tourmaline , gold, platinum, and pearl.
It can be used day and night but I prefer using this at night. I apply this with my fingertips from face to decollete and gently massage on the skin. It is an amazing cream for oily and combination skin. The cream sinks into the skin without any residue or heavy feeling. It does not clog pores and keeps my skin balanced. My skin tone looks more even and even in this hot weather, it has been a great addition and I think it is great for all year long in all weather conditions. I believe in using good skincare not just for immediate effects but I do understand the importance of long-term effects on my skin of what I use today.
I am really impressed with the three products I have talked about in this editorial and really do plan to always have these in the rotation in my skincare routine as well as trying more from the brand. I highly recommend you to check out Sjal if you are serious about your skin and understand the importance of skincare. With all the benefits of skincare and technology, incorporating principles of eastern medicine focused on balancing energy within the mind, body, and soul as fundamental to nurturing beauty and well-being. Combined with the latest advances in biotechnology, quantum physics, and frequency. The products are free of harsh chemicals and fillers, so whatever you put on your face will work towards what it is created for. Sjal skincare is available online at sjalskincare.com and International shipping is available, Spacenk, Bloomingdales, kissandmakeupstore.com (in Canada), Barneys NY, and LookFantastic.
Bright Skin is always in, no matter the age and color of the skin. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and helps for collagen production and maintenance, it is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin. Studies also show that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage. Rodial’s new skincare collection utilizes the power of Vitamin C to boost skin’s radiance and even skin tone using a blend of Glycolic, Lactic and Fruit Acids to refresh and awaken the complexion. The collection includes Vit C Brightening Cleanser, Vit C Brightening Mask, Vit C Energizing Face Mask, and Vit C Brightening Cleansing Pads.
Vit C Brightening Cleanser is described as a super brightening wake-up call for the skin. This intensive daily cleanser contains a complex combination of vitamin c, known for its skin brightening effects, to make skin appear luminous and youthful.
Vit C Brightening Mask is a lightweight gel mask infused with 5% pure vitamin c and a blend of 10% exfoliating fruit acids and AHAs to even skin tone and gently resurface the complexion to reveal glowing skin. Key Ingredients include Vitamin C, Glycolic and Lactic Acids, Blood Orange water (to refresh and awaken the complexion), Pomegranate Extract (a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells and extracellular matrix against free radicals.)
Vit C Energizing Face Mask is a bio-cellulose sheet mask to rejuvenate, retexturize and illuminate skin. Key Ingredients include Vitamin C, Vitamin b3, Amino acids, Hyaluronic acid, Green tea (calms and gives radiance)
Vit C Brightening Cleansing Pads are described as quick and easy brightening boost with brightening cleansing pads. It contains a blend of Vitamin c to brighten and replenish dull looking complexions, while fruit AHA acids exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin and Salicylic Acid tighten pores.
I have included this collection in my skincare routine for more than a month. The cleanser is very refreshing and works great to clean and brighten the skin at the same time. It is gentle and did not irritate my acne-prone skin. The Vit C Brightening Mask feels great on the skin and loves the results, my skin is bright and radiant the next morning. The Vit C Energizing Face Mask sheet is a great addition to my sheet masks, it is perfect for the evening out or before an event or party. Skin looks refined, bright, and plumped. The Vit C cleansing masks work great cleaning and preparing the skin for the serum or moisturizer. I use them after cleansing and before my treatment serum. The products in this collection work and did not cause any issue on my congestion-prone skin but my skin is radiant, bright, and beautiful. It did not take me a long time to notice the results, that is the best thing when testing face masks and cleansers. Rodial’s Vit C collection is available at Murale.