Cleansers are the essential part of skin care routine which makes the face canvas ready for either treatment product or for a moisturizer. this is the first step of a skin care routine and the most important one, and you have to make sure your skin is clean yet not stripped off the moisture when you cleanse it. There are numerous options in the market for oily, combination or problem skin types but to get the one right for your concern and skin type is the main struggle. I have bought and tried so many cleansers, either they are for first cleanse or second cleanse, a good cleanser is always welcome to my skin care stash. Epionce Lytic Gel Cleanser was sent to me for testing and review. I have been enjoying it since last few months as a first cleanse and sometimes as both first and second cleanse in the evenings.

Epionce Lytic Gel Cleanser

Epionce Lytic Gel Cleanser (USD $36) is an invigorating cleanser and is suitable for oily and problem skin types. It is paraben-free, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. It is a refreshing anti-microbial cleanser which effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup. IT does not cause dryness or strip the skin barrier. Also, it helps clear the posed to improve symptoms of oily and acne-prone skin. The key ingredients in this cleanser are Willow bark extract, Marshmallow root extract, and Menthol. The cleanser is housed in a heavy glass bottle with a pump.

Epionce Lytic Gel Cleanser

This cleanser can be used to cleanse skin prior to chemical peel or microdermabrasion. IT can also be used as a body wash to help treat acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis. It can even be used as a shampoo to help seborrheic dermatitis. This is indeed a multitasking product. I use a pump or two of this cleanser on my wet face and massage it onto my skin, it does sting a little on the eyes. Then I wash with warm water, my skin feels clean, hydrated and ready for the next step in my skincare routine. I do use a cleansing oil or balm as a first cleanse when I have a full on makeup on my face or when I am using mascara or some waterproof or long lasting makeup. Then I follow with this cleanser and then to my treatment products. This has been a nice addition to my cleansers and is very refreshing. It says it is fragrance-free but I do get a subtle lemony (acidy) smell when I use this. It does lather but not much. It does not make my existing breakouts or my skin dry.

This has been a nice addition to my cleansers and is very refreshing. It says it is fragrance-free but I do get a subtle lemony (acidy) smell when I use this. It does lather but not much. It does not make my existing breakouts or my skin dry.  I would totally recommend it to someone with combination, oily or problem skin types. Even for most types of dermatitis, I have used it as a shampoo once for my itchy scalp and did feel calmness on my scalp. I am definitely going to try more from this skincare line. The products are available at Epionce.com.


Being a fan of Dior makeup, I always have high expectations from Dior skincare. I have combination skin type which is prone to hormonal congestion time to time, means my skin produces more oil than it should actually, few times in a month. So I am always on the hunt for purifying or detoxifying serums and treatments that may help. I was sent Dior One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum a few weeks back and I have been using this in my skincare routine on and off since then. I have been a regular with this since 3 weeks so as to give you some insight and share my reviews about it.

Dior One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum

Dior One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum(CAD $130 per 30ml), a daily detox booster is described as more than just a serum, it detoxifies, regenerates, and boosts skin for a revitalized complexion. Daily, skin faces an onslaught of aggressors: UV rays, stress, and pollution. The solution: the new One Essential, with a more powerful formula that targets 100% of both outdoor and — for the first time — indoor toxins such as carpet, glue, varnishes, and electronic devices. One Essential quadruples the effects of active ingredients in the skincare products that follow(3) (retinol, vitamin C, longoza, hyaluronic acid, and bifidus) for lasting radiance.

The packaging of this serum is in a glass bottle with a pump. It feels very feminine with rounded curves, the color and print on the bottle is very attractive. The serum is described to target external pollutants and UV like ozone, exhaust pipe gas, heavy metals and also stress/fatigue which is a natural recycling mechanism of toxins slow down. It detoxifies skin cells, regenerates and boosts the performance of the subsequently applied skincare by up to 4 times.

Dior One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum

The key ingredient of this serum is Hibiscus. Hibiscus is a natural detoxifying ingredient and used in many countries and parts of the world for its benefits. It stimulates the natural detoxifying mechanism of the cell (proteasome) and releases the cellular energy. Toxins get recycled into raw material for the skin and target action down to the stem cells. The texture of the serum is “serum-in-milk” means it combines the power of a serum with the gentle touch of milk.

Dior One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum

The serum is an important step of my skincare routine. Based on what my skin needs and the concerns, I either use a single serum or I layer two or three serums like I use a purifying serum and then use a hyaluronic hydrating serum or I may use a purifying or detoxifying serum and then follow with the radiance boosting serum. So depending on what my skin needs, I change my products. This serum is a nice addition to my skin care routine. It is very refreshing and does absorb into the skin very rapidly. I use this serum after cleansing or double cleansing my skin. I use this serum, one pump is enough for my whole face due to the slippery texture of it. I follow with either another serum on tops of it or just a moisturizer over it. Depending upon whether it is day or night, I follow with sunscreen and makeup. I had no issues like makeup rolling over or something when I use this serum I experience no irritation or breakouts from this. My skin feels fresh, plumped and radiant when I use this serum.

No doubt, this is based on technology inspired by a Nobel Prize discovery (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004 for the discovery of proteasome) and I have been loving the results so far. Dior One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum is available at Dior counters nationwide and respective retailer .com sites.

What is your favorite detoxifying, purifying and skin boosting serum?


Back to School is always exciting, whether it is the emotions or the excitement, it is always special. Quo has three limited edition beauty releases for Quo back to school that will are available in Shoppers Drug Mart since this month. I was sent these products as part of the press kit for the limited edition launches.

Quo back to school

Quo Brush Set (CAD $38) is a limited edition brush collection which features 5 beautifully crafted Quo Cosmetics brushes with custom colored handles. The set comes with a cosmetic bag to store and protect your brushes. The powder brush is used to apply powder all over the face and body. The contour brush is used to highlight and contour the hollows of the cheeks and cheekbones.

Quo back to school

The eye shadow brush is used to apply base shadow color on eye lids. The crease blender brush is shaped and pointed to blend that dark crease eye shadow. The Liner/Brow brush is used to define eye-line and brows. The brushes are very soft and do not streak while applying a product. The hairs have not fallen while I was testing these.

Quo back to school

Quo Total Beauty Kit (CAD $45) is curated as a kit for a complete, fresh beauty look.Each product is packaged in an eye-catching black and white design. The kit included 4 eyeshadows, 1 lipstick, 1 lip gloss, 1 eyeliner, 1 cream blush and 1 cream highlighter.

Quo back to school

The texture of the blush and highlighter is very creamy. The eyeshadows are very pigmented and have no fallout. The lipstick and lipgloss are not drying for the lips and are comfortable to wear. The eyeliner is very pigmented and dark black, the way I like.

Quo back to school

Quo “My Makeup” Notebook Palettes (CAD $32) are 3 palettes perfect for creating different fall beauty looks. Each palette contains 4 eyeshadows and 1 blush. I am totally loving the packaging of these, very unique.

Quo back to school

The eyeshadows are very pigmented and the shades do compliment other shades in the palette.

These all sets make a beautiful gift as well as something that will look beautiful on any skin tone and will suit sitting on any dresser.

Which of the above sets look the best to you? Do you like shopping during back-to-school?


Maison Francis Kurkdjian has created contemporary fragrances characterized by excellence, savoir-faire, and audacity. The House’s fragrance collection is conceived as a “fragrance wardrobe”. It is committed to uncompromising quality in the unique tradition of French fine perfumery, the House at the same time proposes a contemporary vision of the art of creating and wearing perfume.

 Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

From the fragrance wardrobe of Maison Francis Kurkdjian, three emblematic perfumes, À la rose, Amyris femme and Aqua Universalis are now available in the new line of scented products for hair and body. I was sent Amyris femme scented body oil and À la rose scented hair mist for testing and review purposes. The packaging of both the products is in beautiful Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris glass bottles. Both the body oil and hair mist have a fine spray pump to dispense the product.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris femme scented body oil

The scented body oil covers the skin with an exquisite, sensual veil. The texture of the body oil is light, non-greasy and absorbs into the skin rapidly leaving the skin satiny smooth and delicately scented. It blends three oils which are selected based on their natural properties which are Argan Oil, Sweet Amond Oil, and Apricot Kernel Oil. Argan Oil has revitalizing and antioxidant properties. Sweet Almond Oil has to soften and regenerating abilities. Apricot Kernal Oil contributes to radiance boosting.

 Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

Amyris femme scented body oil (USD $75/75ml) is described as Amyris femme reveals the deep fullness of iris from Florence in a burst of lemon and orange blossom from California, set ablaze by an amber-musk accord. The notes of this scented body oil are Lemon tree flower, Californian Orange, Jamaican Amyris, Florentine Iris, Haitian Vetiver and Musky Amber. The body oil comes out of the bottle through the pump in a very fine mist and is very easy to use. I like the scent of the body oil, I would say it is perfect for all seasons and the delicate scent lingers on the body for few hours before it dissipates. To get the more out of it, I would suggest to layer it with the same fragrance. I did not notice any residue or greasiness and the oil absorbs really fast into the skin. I have used it on full body and on the exposed parts of the body and works well either way. If I use it on my heat points of the body and then put the same fragrance over it, it just gives that amazing effect which lasts the whole day.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian À la rose scented hair mist

The À la rose scented hair mist (USD $65/75ml)  is light in texture and absolutely feminine mist that scents hair in a delicate and refined beauty ritual. It is alcohol-free and is very gentle to hair. The sillage is luminous and floral. À la rose scented hair mist is described as The radiance of Damascena and Centifolia roses delicately graces the hair like a veil of infinite femininity. A feeling of freshness that carries in its sillage bergamot from Calabria combined with violet and magnolia blossoms, subtly warmed by a whisper of cedar wood and musk.

 Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

The notes of this hair mist are Centifolia rose from Grasse, Damascena rose from Bulgaria, Bergamot from Calabria, Orange from California, Violet, Magnolia Blossom, Cedar Wood, and Musk. I have loved a good hair fragrance and when I do not find my favorite fragrance in the hair version, I find myself spraying the fragrance either on my neck near the hair or on my wrists and then touch my hair sparingly with the wrists to have the fragrance blend into the hair. I know it is not right as the fragrance does contain alcohol which is not very good if used daily on the hair. This hair-mist is alcohol-free and that means it will not dry out the hair and is gentle on it. The scent lingers in the hair all day and is not strong but very gentle and delicate.

I am in love with these two scented products and they have been my go-to in my everyday routine. I would totally recommend these if you are looking for a scented body oil or a scented hair mist. These are available online and in stores at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Net-A-Porter, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

What are your favorite scents of a hair mist or a body oil?


You must be thinking dehydrated body and dehydrated skin make sense but what is dehydrated hair and if there is something like ‘dehydrated hair’, and if you have dehydrated hair. I know I had the same concerns in my mind when I heard about this term. We come across different terms for hair like dry, oily, dull in our daily routine but I was curious to know what is dehydrated hair, Okay here I start. Christophe Robin hydrating range, which I am going to talk about in this post, is based on the concerns and needs of his clients, I do consider myself his client too (not a direct one yet but I still am and love all the products I have use from his brand, like they were created based on my hairs needs).

Christophe Robin Hydrating

If your hair is dull and losing its elasticity and bounce, If your hair is prone to static electricity, If your hair inflates at the slightest sign of humidity, These are all the signs of Dehydrated Hair. I do get “Yes” for all the three ‘If’s‘ I mentioned above and I had never had an idea that my hair could be dehydrated, I would have thought about them as a bad hair day or something I missed while styling them. But the real reason might be the wind, cold, weather, the sun, friction from rubbing against helmet or scarves. So we come to the conclusion that moisturizing hair is as important as moisturizing skin every day.

Christophe Robin Hydrating

Christophe Robin products are developed by combining natural ingredients to develop effective formulas and for this new Hydrating range, the main ingredient is Aloe Vera. This range is suitable for men and women. I remember my mom used to have an Aloe Vera plant grown in her garden and she would get a little pulp from it every day and apply it on her face and then to mine, it used to soothe the skin, hydrate and brighten it. Whenever I go to visit her, She still loves to do that and I can see her skin is so beautiful. And yes she eats it too sometimes which is far better than buying Aloe Vera juice from the stores. Okay, now putting my stories aside, let me talk about these products which have Aloe Vera and are for hair. I was sent these products as part of press package for testing and review purposes. The packaging of the products is in white sturdy bottles and dispenser and pump for both work very well.

Christophe Robin Hydrating

Aloe Vera plant has very thick leathery leaves which keep the vital resources inside the leave intact. Aloe Vera gel is a combination of water and over 75 active molecules, 20 minerals, 18 amino acids, 12 vitamins, and nutrients. Yes, I do understand all these as My mom is a Chemistry Professor and I was a good student, so this was an obvious choice for my mom and I trust her choice of products till now. That means, these products were destined to be loved by me, but wait, let me start with them again, I won’t divert the topic now.

Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo with Aloe Vera (CAD $43/250ml) is suitable for all types of hair and is gentle enough for frequent use. It is enriched with Aloe Vera, a rich blend of water, vitamins, and nutrients which provide soothing and hydration. I take a small amount of the shampoo and distribute it through wet hair, lather and then rinse thoroughly. The scent is so invigorating and fresh. Then I follow with the Hydrating Leave-in Mist with Aloe Vera. I spray it few times on the damp hair and either air dry or blow dry the hair.

Christophe Robin Hydrating

Christophe Robin Hydrating leave-in mist with Aloe Vera (CAD $48/150ml) is a leave-in mist suitable for all hair types. It provides hydration as well as helps detangling of the hair. It can be use don hair lengths as well as on the scalp. It is formulated with pure aloe vera gel and an active plant ingredient which soothes and restores the scalp’s comfort. It is very light in texture with the same invigorating and freshening scent as the hydrating shampoo.  It can be used as a mid day pick me up for a quick spritz and refresh the hair or if hair is feeling dry and dull. I do feel my hair pleasantly soft and shiny while my scalp is calm and healthier.

Both these products are must-try if you have any one of the three ‘If’s‘ I highlighted in bold letters in the first half of this post. Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo with Aloe Vera and Christophe Robin Hydrating leave-in mist with Aloe Vera are available at Sephora Canada.

 

What is your favorite hair care product for hair and for scalp?



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