Physicians Formula was created in 1973 by Dr. Crandall, a leading allergist in Los Angeles, out of love for his wife who had sensitive skin. The brand changed the face of cosmetics by developing hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and dermatologist-tested makeup, free of over 150+ known skin irritants. Since then, Physicians formula has maintained a commitment to product purity and quality. Physicians Formula celebrates 80 years of beautiful “firsts” in 2017. This Physicians Formula 80th Anniversary Collection is limited edition and encompasses Hypoallergenic Lipstick and Le Velvet Foundation.
Le Velvet Foundation offers high-coverage, waterproof wear for a flawless complexion that lasts. It is reformulated without parabens. This creamy foundation boasts 40% pigment for customizable coverage that melts into the skin. It minimizes skin imperfections and discoloration for a radiant, balanced complexion while non-pore-clogging SPF 15 ensures skin is protected. IT is available in 4 shades – Cream Ivory, Ivory, Honey Beige and Sand Beige.
Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls Highlighter is designed to deliver a long-lasting, luminous glow. This highlighter features pearlescent pigments that accentuate natural light to help blur, soften lines, color-correct imperfections and enhance skin’s radiance for a flawless finish. It is available in one universally-flattering shade called Pearl.
The Eyeshadow quads have four shades with two finishes. These can be worn alone or can be layered, wet or dry based on your mood and preference. They are highly pigmented and ultra-creamy, with either matte or shimmering finish. The shadows are buildable and very easily blendable. They are available in Classic Nude, which features a combination of Nude, Champagne and Brown Shades. The Smoky Plum features a combination of lilac, plum and dark brown hues.
The Hypoallergenic Lipstick and Lip Gloss are ultra creamy high pigment color payoff lip colors which have ultra-gentle, long lasting wear and gives a perfect flush of satiny color without drying or settling into the fine lines. Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid in it provides moisturizing benefits so lips look and feel decadently hydrated. It is available in Nude, Coral, Red and Berry shades.
From top to bottom – Hypoallergenic Lipstick Red, Nude, The healthy lip Raisin Immunity, All Natural Nude, Vitamin Beet
This Limited Edition collection will be available at the drugstores and mass merchandisers from September 2017.
Since I started taking my love for everything beauty seriously, the most important thing I have noticed for a product to be a hit is the packaging, same like when you see a person, you get a vibe by looking at that person which makes your thoughts or impressions even before talking or knowing the person. Same is in beauty, the product which appeals to your eyes, you check and try that product which starts the reaction which includes your liking or disliking something. When it comes to Burberry, you can rely on the brand name, whether it is the packaging or the product.
I bought the Burberry First Love Palette Blush Highlighter and Burberry Face Silk and Bloom Blush Palette last month to add them to my every growing collection of luxury beauty.
Burberry First Love (CAD $72 excl taxes) is described as a combined blush and highlighter palette for a fresh and luminous rosy-cheek effect. It is inspired by the playful prints and fabrics from our womenswear collections, the limited-edition blush is set within a bold heart-print design fusing bright, matte pink shades with a softer pastel hue. Illuminating pearls are infused in the silky smooth formula to add subtle highlights to cheeks. Easy to blend and build, the two shades can be applied together for a customizable finish.
This is a very pretty pink blush, I know it is difficult to use two shades separately due to the size of the little hearts with darker shade but if you are able to swipe across with a smaller brush, you will love it. The highlighter shade is really pretty too, it does show up nicely on my skin.
Top is the darker shade in the little hearts, middle is the outer shade and bottom is the blended shade of two
When the brush is swirled in both the shades, it comes out as a nice pink glowy shade which works both as a blush and a highlighter. As usual, my first concern is the product to show up on my medium tan skin tone, which it does beautifully. The staying time is nice for over 6-7 hours on my cheeks. The texture is soft and very silky, which makes the blending easy.
Silk and Bloom Blush Palette (CAD $72 excl taxes) is described as an illuminating face powder, for a soft glow with a hint of color. Taking inspiration from runway designs and fabrics, the palette is set within a geometric print pattern referencing antique wallpaper sourced from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Combining subtle rosy color and illuminating pearls, the soft-as-silk powder creates a glowing, flushed effect on cheeks. The lightweight and easily blendable powder formula can be layered for custom intensity, with a non-chalky finish.
This palette can be used as a blush or as a highlighter for a soft glow. The shade is medium mauve, very similar but different from pink. The staying power of this blush palette is 7-8 hours and it is very soft in texture which makes it very easily blendable and it is easily buildable too. This blush does have a shimmer and shine, like a noticeable sheen which did not emphasize pores or skin’s natural texture but gives a radiant finish.
Top is Silk and Bloom Blush Palette, Bottom is Burberry First Love
Overall, I am in love with the packaging and the product in these two palettes. Both are beautiful shades of pink. As they are very much buildable, they would work on all the skin tones giving a radiant, glowy pink finish which does stay on for a quite long time.
These both are limited edition. Silk and Bloom Blush Palette is available at The Bay and Burberry First Love is available at Sephora and Burberry Canada.
What is your favorite pink blush?
Fall’s beauty trends are the opposite of no-makeup makeup: electric eye shadow swept across the eyes, berry lipsticks smeared over lips, and metallic pigments applied with the finesse of a Renaissance painter. This is so aptly described as the makeup trend for Fall 2017 by harpers bazaar. And going along with the trend for Fall 2017, Dior brings you a story of contrasts, the attraction of opposites, the alchemy of contradictory effects. These do sound big dreamy words from the point of view of a regular consumer or someone who loves makeup but does not know the depth behind the creation of it unless they use it and feel how the particular makeup product fits into the environment and season it is created for.
Peter Philips, the creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, had the vision to explore possibilities of a season with opulent colors and rich textures, producing a clash of vibrant metallics and muted matte’s. This Autumnal collection is electrified by the glint of metal forms which is very nicely blended into the whole chemistry of women with personalities strong and fragile, sensual and subversive, insolent and always sophisticated at the same time. Fall is all about color, to dare and play with colors is an ongoing trend and here I present to you the Dior Metallics Fall 2017 Collection which has metal, color, sophistication, courage and a lot more. I was sent these products as part of Press kit and I have tried and tested them for over a week before writing this review.
DiorShow Metalizer Eyes and Lips (CAD $32 excl taxes) are the latest hybrid product from the house of Dior, which brings a new dimension to make up with highly pigmented eyes and lips. This hybrid product is inspired by professional makeup but it is designed as an intuitive, take the anywhere product. The little nozzle tube contains the metal-effect pigments encapsulated in an ultra-creamy, lightweight, quick drying textured formulation. The Metalizer is applied with a finger to leave a light veil of color with a chrome effect on eyelids. For a bolder finish, the Metalizer is applied with a brush like a screen of light with a lasting vibrant sheen. The product stays on well for over 10 hours.
Another use of this Metalizer is to use this on its own all over the lips or in touches over the lipstick to play with contrasts. The color of the packaging is same as the product inside. These are available in 6 shades, namely, 068 Silver Shock, 528 Platine Fusion, 548 Copper Power, 678 Bronze Tension, 828 Pink Pulsion, 898 Plum Reflexion. I have swatched 528 Platine Fusion and 548 Copper Power which are perfect for my skin tone and can be used for a chrome effect or for a full-on screen of light based on the method of application. I did not notice any irritation while using these on my eyes and lips. I think they are going to look perfect in the fall when you need a bit of punch to make you feel beautiful.
For Fall 2017, the iconic palette from the house of Dior, 5 Couleurs plays with the contrasts perfect for the autumn ranging between matteness and light. The new formula comes with boasted texture that glides beautifully on the skin. The palette comes in four different tones and effects of matte, satiny, glittery and shiny.
Swatched are the Dior 5 Couleur EyeShadow 077 Magnetize (CAD $72 excl taxes) which is a smoky harmony of 5 colors.
Magnetize starts from an almost frosted gray to explore a scheme ranging from platinum and silver to fiery charcoal. I have used this palette for few times and it has a nice gliding texture and there is no fall-out. The staying power is nice as well as the blending.
To contrast with the opulent hues and metallic effects on the eyes, face, and nails, shades of Rouge Dior (CAD $43 excl taxes) for Fall 2017 are designed to flaunt the strong beauty with a chic style statement.
The lipsticks are creamy as well as pigmented. The staying time is well over 5-6 hours and I have not noticed any peeling or dryness when I tested them.
The shades swatched below are Rouge Dior 999 Metallic and Rouge Dior 526 Sensual Matte.Rouge Dior 999 Metallic is the iconic 999 in flamboyant, almost orange red with metallic effect. Rouge Dior 526 Sensual Matte is a pretty, irreverent beige.
To pair with the new matching shades of Rouge Dior, the Rouge Dior Contour pencil (CAD $36 excl taxes) is designed to subtly line the lips and complete the look of well-defined lips. The lip pencil is creamy and glides on easily over the lip line. I did notice the lipstick stays on for longer than usual time with the lip liner and the shade swatched below is 948 Enigmatic Matte which looks perfect for even lining the lips with or without lipstick for my skin tone. There is a brush on the other side from the lip pencil which is very handy when you have to blend and use the lip pencil to fill in the lips. The Lip Contour is suitable to either use as a base for lipstick as well as to use it on its own. This Contour pencil comes with a sharpener.
Overall, I am really looking forward to using this collection’s in-trend metallics and bold colors for the fall. All these products are available at Dior Counters and from the respective retailer websites.
Perricone MD is a skincare brand which has been developed by Dr Nicholas Perricone, MD, and he is a board certified dermatologist, nutritionist who has written books on subjects of weight loss and maintaining the appearance of youth. He is an Adjunct Professor of medicine at Michigan State University’s College. He has been known to take an anti-Botox stance and stresses on anti-inflammatory diet plus nutritional supplements and topical anti aging products, all of which can help produce better results in fighting the aging process.
I have few skincare products that I have bought and tried from Perricone MD, which I will be reviewing soon. These No Makeup products from the Perricone MD No Makeup collection. I bought these all almost five months back and they are the most used products in my collection when my skin behaves the best, means when I do not have blemishes ( yes, that happens few times in a month), I do not have to conceal much or when I want very natural finish.
Buying from the brand, whose founder and creator is into the science of skin, nutrition, and health, I was excited as well as very positive of the results from the products. I bought Perricone MD No Blush Blush (CAD $45 excl taxes), Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum (CAD $74 excl taxes), Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick (CAD $39 excl taxes) and Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara was a deluxe sample gift with the purchase but a good size to have a good test. From the names of the products, they do sound different and interesting at the same time.
Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum is an anti-aging fragrance-free lightweight foundation with a texture like a serum. It is suitable for all skin types and provides with a semi-matte finish with the protection of non-chemical SPF 30. There is one shade available in this foundation which is universal means all skin tones can use this single product, which helps deliver a radiant, semi-matte finish, it is buildable based on the requirement of your skin. The Neuropeptides in this foundation soften imperfections and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and pores without settling into the fine lines. It contains sun protection SPF 30 which is mineral based and helps protect skin from age-accelerating rays of the sun.
I have used this foundation for a while now and like how it looks on my skin. If you have no issues of blemishes or heavy concealing, this is perfect choice where you can have the skin care benefits and makeup all in one. This does give a radiant finish which I prefer in my face product. I did not have any breakouts or irritation from this foundation. The packaging is also a plus point, it has a dropper which is very convenient to use. For the application, I shake the bottle well, take one and a half pumps and dot the product on my face and then blend it along with pressing it into the skin. Based on the coverage I need, I can add more or less. One of the main ingredients in this foundation DMAE help provides firming benefits which give the results of the toned appearance of skin. Neuropeptides in this foundation activate skin renewal to address problems of skin aging.
I have used this foundation for a while now and like how it looks on my skin. If you have no issues of blemishes or heavy concealing, this is perfect choice where you can have the skin care benefits and makeup all in one. This does give a radiant finish which I prefer in my face product. I did not have any breakouts or irritation from this foundation. The packaging is also a plus point, it has a dropper which is very convenient to use. For the application, I shake the bottle well, take one and a half pumps and dot the product on my face and then blend it along with pressing it into the skin. Based on the coverage I need, I can add more or less. One of the main ingredients in this foundation DMAE help provides firming benefits which give the results of the toned appearance of skin. Neuropeptides in this foundation activate skin renewal to address problems of skin aging. The staying power of this foundation is quite well for over 7 hours on my skin.
Perricone MD No Blush Blush is a fragrance- free lightweight product with a texture like a serum. It provides a healthy color to the cheeks with benefits of skin care which include firming of skin, enhancement of facial contours, toned appearance of skin along with less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles. The Vitamin C Ester in this product heals the sun damaged skin and helps minimize discoloration and brightens the appearance of skin. The formulation contains sun protection of SPF 30.
There is only one shade formulated for this blush which is universal and adapts to the individual skin’s chemistry, that makes the outcome unique for different skin tones. The packaging is nice having a small glass bottle with foot doe applicator. For the application, I shake the little bottle well, dab 2-3 drops with the accompanying foot doe applicator and then pressing and blending it with my fingertips onto my cheeks in a lifting motion. It does give a very natural healthy flush to the cheeks. The staying power is well over 5-6 hours on my skin.
Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick is a lightweight solid to serum lipstick with vanilla fragrance which is not overpowering. It is described as the lip treatment designed to restore a natural rosy color of lips. The shade is universally flattering and does adapt to a different shade based on the individual skin’s chemistry. The Neuropeptides in this product help restore fullness and suppleness to the lips. I have two of these lipsticks, one on my vanity and one in my bag, I use these for hydration during the day and in the morning, I use it before I start applying my makeup and my lips are ready until I finish makeup to follow with a lipstick. I do feel that it gives a light rosy color to my lips, which looks natural and as they described, it will be different on different skin tones based on the individual skin’s chemistry. The lips have a natural shine when I use this and do not notice any peeling or dryness while using this.
Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara is a fragrance- free lightweight Gel Serum product which is a lash treatment as well as mascara. The imparts fullness to the lashes making them look thicker and lifted. It provides nourishment which strengthens the lashes. The brush is dual faced root to tip brush with fine tooth comb which ensures easy and precise application. Dr. Perricone recommends “using the wide and flexible short bristles at the lash root to build thickness and volume. Then, rotate brush and sweep the fine, firm comb through lashes to lengthen, separate and define. Allow to fully dry before reapplying to achieve the desired look.”
Overall, I am really satisfied with the results of these products. I will not be commenting on the long term anti-aging benefits at this time as I am in my 30s and do care well for my skin. While using these products, I do feel my skin feels healthy. Perricone MD No Makeup Collection is available at Sephora and Perricone MD Official website.
Do you prefer using makeup with skincare benefits? Which is your favorite brand for makeup products which give skin care benefits?
When it comes to skin, it is either the genes you got or it is the care you do for your skin. For me, I had a very clear and beautiful skin till my early teens and after that, it was all acne, blemishes, and spots which I have been trying to treat or care for. This search and trial to manage the acne and blemishes have been ongoing most of my life now. When I find a product that does makes the difference, I do feel happy and love to share my experience with you all through my blog.
I bought Sunday Riley Good Genes (CAD $135 excl taxes for 30ml) more than a few months back and if you see the bottle in the pictures below, you will find I still have a little bit left. It is not because this product does not get its turn to be used from my huge skin care cabinet but the reason is I do not want this to finish, yes I know it has a limited shelf life but still, I do not want it to get finished until I get a backup for this. This is one of my favorite product with acid, I have used many acids and liked a few and this is one of them.
Good Genes is described as “All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency, a purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance. ”
This is a great product for dullness, uneven skin texture, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. It is suitable for normal, oily, combination and dry skin types. For your reference, I have combination skin type with occasional hormonal breakouts. It is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. The product is packaged in a glass bottle with a pump which works very well to dispense the right amount of product.
After using this product continuously in the starting and then occasionally when I have an acne flare up or I want that glow in the morning, I am a fan and I am not going to let this bottle finish until I buy a backup, seriously. This can be used both during the day (of course followed by a moisturizer and sunscreen) and night but I do prefer to use this as a treatment during the night. I get so good results with this product that I can not say enough about it. I do not use any moisturizer or night cream when I am using this during the night. I cleanse my face and apply this product on my face avoiding the eye area. In the morning, my face looks so glowy, clear and plumpy. It does give the feeling of a new skin. For the whole day, I do feel my face is a bit oily but I use a blotting paper once or twice and it is all good again.
I have noticed less acne or hormonal breakouts when I use it and when I have a breakout, it does get better soon. I have felt my acne scars fade so much faster with this, which is like a miracle for me as I get few new acne scars every month. I have not noticed such fast results with any other acid product that I have used. I did not notice any peeling or irritation with this product. I did do my due diligence to use a sunscreen the next day when I used this treatment during the night.
This product does have a bit different chemical kind of smell which fades away very soon but once you get to see the results from this, you will not even bother about the smell. This is an AHA exfoliant and this formulation of Lactic Acid works perfect on the surface of the skin and is very effective in resurfacing it. The effect from this product is almost immediate, I could see the glow even 5 to 10 minutes after application. It does absorb easily when applied and does not leaves any oily or dry feeling to the skin, means the skin does feel calm and smooth. I am totally a Fan and would highly recommend trying this unless you have a very sensitive skin.
It is available to be purchased at Sephora, Cult Beauty, and Space NK.
What is your favorite acid product?