111SKIN is a brand founded by globally renowned Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, the original formula was developed to help his patients’ skin heal after trauma and given complimentary after treatments for more effective results and improved healing time. Collaborating with space scientists who researched the acceleration of ageing in astronauts, Dr. Yannis wanted to produce a product that could induce skin’s own reparative processes to alleviate scarring and inflammation and protect against environmental pollutants. The formula included NAC Y2, a trio of actives with superior antioxidant capabilities, one of which stimulates the production of Glutathione – the body’s most powerful intracellular antioxidant. After noticing their skin looking younger and feeling smoother, patients started requesting more of the serum and soon demand outstripped supply.

111Skin Master-Masking Edit review

Believing in prevention, rather than intervention, as means of maintaining skin health and vitality, he realized that many people could benefit from this formula, and worked together with his wife Eva to create the 111SKIN brand, evolving from one single product to five ranges. Taking inspiration from his 111 Harley St. clinic, each product is carefully researched and formulated to address specific skincare concerns that he sees on a daily basis such a premature ageing, oily or spot-prone skin, lacklustre complexions, hyperpigmentation, and dehydration. There are also targeted products that are focused on damage-prone areas such as the neck and décolletage, under eyes, and lips.

Sharing the Master-Masking Edit which has launched this month for all the skincare lovers who aim to have the perfect skin just in time for the holidays – for themselves and for their loved ones. 111Skin Master-Masking Edit is a collection of restorative masks to nourish, brighten and soothe your complexion. This master-masking edit will fulfill all the niche skincare needs. Whether you are firming, hydrating, clarifying or brightening, our pick of face masks ensures a bespoke, immersive treatment that is as efficacious as it is enjoyable.

111Skin Master-Masking Edit review

The collection includes:

2 x  Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask – With ingredients which are effective in de-puffing, reducing the volume of under-eye bags to restore contours, improves the appearance of dark circles around the eyes by decreasing the intensity of discolouration. With its effects intensified if kept in the fridge; the appearance of dark circles is reduced, resulting in an uplifted, enlivened eye area.

2x Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask – It helps diminish discolouration, reviving a healthy tone. It also helps to reduce the appearance of lines. This mask is ideal for frequent flyers, night-owls, and those prone to fine lines and darkness around the eye area.

1x Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask– It is ideal for those suffering from lax and ageing skin, this triple-formula hydrogel mask tones and defines the complexion through a series of expertly-designed formulas. The Upper Mask contains glycopeptides which work to reduce the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles. The Lower Mask is enhanced with collagen-stimulating actives for improved volume and youthful plumpness.

1x Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask – It is a celebrity and supermodel favourite mask. It balances the skin tone, reduces hyperpigmentation, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, provides moisture to the skin, contains antioxidants, brightens skin tone.

1x Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask – It utilizes the most advanced mask technology on the market to deliver beneficial nutrients into the dermis. It brightens, helps even out, stimulates collagen production, helps restore moisture from long flights or nights, potent antioxidants in the mask condition and moisturize the skin.

111Skin Master-Masking Edit review

1x Anti Blemish Bio Cellulose Facial Mask – It is a two-part mask – The upper mask treats diet, product, and perspiration related spots, successfully minimizing bacteria-thriving sebum for a shine-free, flawless complexion. The lower layer fights aggressive hormonal acne by reducing inflammation and redness. Overall the formula soothes, purifies, and rebalances the skin’s microbiome – crucial for its health. Each mask can be used together or separately depending on the user’s concern.

The masks are not just a must-have for before holiday but also great as a post-holiday treatment or before a big event to brighten, plump and moisturize your skin. 111Skin Master Masking Edit is available at 111Skin.com You can also use code VELVETLIFE20 to get 20% off on the Master-Masking Edit.

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Omorovicza’s new and improved Instant Plumping Cream has been reformulated with innovative new technology for a rich and indulgent cream that replenishes and smooths surface imperfections overnight. Micro-spheres filled with hyaluronic acid swell to plump out wrinkles, increase skin volume and encourage a more youthful appearance, whilst ceramides restore skin integrity. It has become a must-have in my evening anti-ageing routine.

Omorovicza Instant Plumping Cream review

‘KEY INGREDIENTS
• NEW TECHNOLOGY Sodium Hyaluronate filling spheres swell to provide an instant increase in skin volume, plumping out deep and superficial wrinkles and smoothing surface imperfections. The filling spheres also contain konjac glucomannan, a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine for its ability to absorb up to two hundred times its weight in water, thus helping to provide long-lasting hydration.
• Ceramides replenish dry and dehydrated complexions by boosting the skin lipid content and restoring cell moisture levels.
• Rich in omega, oleic and linoleic acids, apricot and virgin plum oils soothe the skin and help reduce any inflammation.
• Sea mayweed relaxes facial muscles, thus smoothing expression lines and wrinkles.
• Oligopeptide Palmitoyl stimulates the production of collagen and elastin for a firmer, more youthful complexion.
• Omorovicza’s patented Healing ConcentrateTM leaves skin firmer,
more supple, with a younger-looking appearance.
APPLICATION
Apply evenly to face and neck after cleansing as part of your evening skincare routine. Suitable for those with dry and sensitive skin.’

Omorovicza Instant Plumping Cream review

Omorovicza Instant Plumping Cream is suitable for all the skin types, even the oily, combination, and sensitive. I have noticed that it is very hydrating, without causing any oiliness, or breakouts. It has helped soothe my irritated, acne-prone skin, and helps to reduce inflammation. The skin looks fresh, smooth, and plump. I apply it after cleansing my face at night and massage it gently on the face. Then I follow with a spritz of Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist (reviewed here) which makes it very refreshing for the senses as well as the skin.

Omorovicza Instant Plumping Cream review

A really amazing powerhouse of ingredients that not only soothes my skin but also helps with the anti-ageing without breaking me out. It is also one of the overnight treatments that I reach out for when I am too tired to do a multi-step routine and need my face to look well-rested and fresh.

Omorovicza products are available at Nordstrom stores, Four Seasons Toronto, Sephora Canada, and online at www.omorovicza.com.

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer was one of the first products in my makeup stash, I loved it so much – it gave me the natural dewy skin that I always crave for. The tinted moisturizer along with the radiance primer never left my makeup vanity for years – I repurchased them few times. I was so excited when I saw the reformulated version of my favourite tinted moisturizer, not just the formula – even the packaging is new and I am so in love.

New Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating, Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector review swatches Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector is a tinted moisturizer for a sheer hint of coverage for an effortless no-makeup makeup dewy finish. It is more suited towards dry, normal, and combination skin types. Oily skin types may look more dewy with this tinted moisturizer. The formula is creamy smooth and blends seamlessly into the skin. The coverage is sheer and skin looks even, with no dryness or cakiness. The staying power is pretty good, my skin looks even for the whole day. It worked well on my skin for the end of summer and now into fall – I have no issues in terms of staying time or the finish. Skin looks fresh and dewy. Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector is a tinted moisturizer is available in 20 shades. It applies nicely with fingers.

New Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating, Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector review swatches Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating Natural Skin Perfector is a tinted moisturizer for a sheer hint of coverage for an effortless no-makeup makeup luminous finish. The finish is natural and suitable for most of the skin types. The formula is lightweight and a blend of finely-milled pearls to create an even-toned skin look with lasting luminosity. It gives a beautiful sheer natural coverage with an illuminating glow. Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating Natural Skin Perfector is available in 6 shades.

New Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating, Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector review swatches Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick

Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating Natural Skin Perfector and Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector can be used on its own or can be used together for a dewy and radiant finish. Based on what type of finish you like, you can always use a setting powder to mattify. I prefer a little powder with the Illuminating version but for the Natural Skin Perfector – I am good to go with just a pea-size amount on my face, blend with fingers and my skin look supple, healthy, and dewy with a natural finish. The ingredients and the combination of skincare and makeup gives an extra edge to these moisturizers than just a makeup product.

New Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating, Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector review swatches Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick

I have a new fall addition to the permanent shade range of Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick which is an ultra-matte lipstick that delivers long-lasting creamy comfort and intense coverage in just a single swipe. The formula is buildable to intense colour and is not drying or cracking. It is the brand’s highest pigmented lipstick in a sleek slimline design. There are 3 new additions to the permanent shade range while 3 limited ediiton shades. I have swatched one from the permanent shade called ‘jolie’.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating, Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector and Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick are available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, and thebay.com

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