Ben Gorham, the founder of Byredo, has been recognized for his personal style and connection to fashion and art in several international magazines such as French Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, V Magazine and Fantastic Man to name a few. Ben began to be intrigued by scent and memory after traveling to his mother’s hometown in India, where he was stirred by the aromas of spices and incense.
Founded in 2006, Byredo’s scented candles and perfumes have been developed with an understated approach, using simple composition of the highest quality raw materials which has a cult following of its own now. This new fragrance launched this year, 2018 has been my go-to since last few weeks, it is so unique and beautiful that I am so obsessed with it. The nose behind Eleventh Hour is Jerome Epinette.
Byredo Eleventh Hour is an exploration around the smell of things ending, a journey to the end of the Time, the last perfume on Earth. This is very unconventional for a fragrance to have this inspiration but if you see on the deeper level, the inspiration is rooted in issues affecting our environment.
‘I want to travel until I did not have to search anymore. Today I know that life is a journey that brings you to the end of the world, a return to the harmony we have lost.’, says the great Swiss explorer Ella Maillart, who in 1951 was one of the rare Westerners to reach Nepal rise, the highest places will be the last refuges and zones that were once considered hostile to humans will become shelters.
Notes of the fragrance are:
Top: Ban Timmur, Bergamot
Middle: Carrot Seeds, Rum, Wild Fig
Base: Cashmere Woods, Tonka Bean
‘The top notes, led by the peppery and citrus accents of Ban Timmur, take us to the Nepali highlands, where this plant grows. Wild fig, the first forbidden fruit, is the heart note of Eleventh Hour. A symbol of desire, its sweet and captivating scent encapsulates the smell of danger. From the warmth of tonka beans combined with Cashmere Woods notes emanate an energetic radiation, similar to that released by our solar plexus when it opens wide. As if a bond was recreated between man and cosmos.
Overall, a very unique creation. From the pepper and cloves in the opening, and then to the amalgamation of spices and wood is marvelous. It makes it more balanced and unisex. The longevity of the scent on my skin is over 8 hours and I can still smell it when I press my nose close to the wrist. It is a lovely scent and perfect for fall and winter, a faint creaminess fruitiness underneath the spices and wood which does soothe the nerves and is very comforting like the feeling of warmth anyone needs in this season and throughout the season. I can totally see myself wearing it a lot this season.
One of the most beautiful and elegant collections I have seen and reviewed until now is here – Cle de Peau Beaute COLLECTION FÉERIES D’HIVER LIMITED EDITION 2018. I am so excited to share this collection, I am sure you must be as eager as I was to get my hands on this collection. This collection is a collaboration with Daria Petrilli who is an Italian Illustrator known for the world of mystery, elegance, and translucent beauty created by her. Her illustrations are rich in story and known for her use of color and surreal settings. As you read and see below, you will definitely feel how intricate and beautiful the products and their packaging is, ‘Unlock Wonderland‘.
Cle de Peau Beaute Refining Pressed Powder
Cle de Peau Beaute Refining Pressed Powder in Pink ‘Push Me’ is a whimsically-designed version of our ultra-fine pressed powder. Spreads delicately for a beautiful finish that imparts a healthy, rosy flush of color. The keepsake limited edition compact can be refilled with our Refining Pressed Powder.
The illustration says,
‘The white rabbit, darting, slowing.
Daring you to follow.
A dream-like veil envelops you.
Whisper-soft. Infused with light’
The pressed powder is so soft and smooth, creates a natural radiance and gives a beautiful satin sheen on the skin. It evens the skin surface and blurs the imperfections. The synergy of makeup and skincare ingredients gives a beautiful natural finish, that not only looks good for the day and does provide skincare benefits during the time. I have been using it every day for the natural radiant finish, it gives that extra care and glows to the skin that anyone will need not just in fall and winter but all year round. Another amazing thing about the packaging, as with other products from the brand that the case is refillable.
Cle de Peau Beaute Lipstick Cashmere
Cle de Peau Beaute Lipstick Cashmere in 505 Paint Me is a new vibrant shade – a bold vivid pink – of the luxurious soft matte lipstick from the brand in a whimsical limited edition design. The texture is soft and smooth, glides on nicely on the lips, not to miss the beautiful petal shape of lipstick tip which adheres to lips contours for easy application. The finish is matte with a soft radiance and the staying power as the other shades of Cashmere Lipstick is amazing, stays on well for over 4-5 hours without touchups.
Colour that speaks volumes.
Urging you to try it.
To raise your radiant voice.’
The formula is moisturizing and does not irritate my dry lips but instead helps improve dryness, roughness, scaling, and cracking for healthy looking lips. The color payoff is amazing and this limited edition shade looks like the perfect shade of pink which will suit most of the skin tones. It is comfortable to wear and gives a beautiful radiance to the lips along with the color payoff.
Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Color Quad – Limited Edition
Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Color Quad – Limited Edition in 318 Tea Party is a luxurious four-color eyeshadow quad of cool, shimmery pastels and matte charcoal. The keepsake limited edition compact can be refilled with any of the brand’s eye color quads. The texture is buttery smooth and blends in nicely into the skin. The formula contains the exclusive Clé de Peau Beauté advanced moisturizing ingredient, Hydro-Wrap Complex EX and contains Argan Oil, a nutritious ingredient to plump, smooth and refine the skin. The brushes included in the quad are soft and dense, work pretty well to apply and blend the shades.
‘Quietly elegant. Exceptionally balanced.
The flamingo lingers, close by,
as soft color caresses closed lids.’
The staying power is pretty amazing, it stays put for over 7-8 hours and does not crease. The shades are nicely pigmented and forgiving at the same time, means you can go a little heavy hand too and it will still not look over. The shades work well alone as well as in sync with each other.
Cle de Peau Beaute Limited Edition Stick Highlighter
Cle de Peau Beaute Stick Highlighter in ‘Light Me’ is a creamy stick highlighter that brings skin to life with a shimmering glow. The texture of the highlighter is very smooth and glides on beautifully on the skin. It is perfect to promote healthy-looking radiance that covers uneven tone and pores with a smooth texture, illuminating skin with a shimmer of light. It blends in nicely into the skin, gives luminosity and radiance to any part of the face it is applied to, mostly the high point of the cheekbones, brow bones, and the cupid’s bow.
‘Light, leaping. Unlocking dimension.
Bringing the static to life.’
The formula is comfortable to wear and can be build up or can be kept subtle. It does not emphasize pores or uneven skin tone but gives a healthy natural radiance giving the skin a very beautiful illumination.
Cle de Peau Beaute La Crème – Limited Edition
Cle de Peau Beaute La Crème – Limited Edition is the most iconic product from the brand, winner of many beauty awards, is made even more special, a whimsically designed limited edition La Crème, housed in a rose-pastel jar.
The key benefits of the moisturizer include:
- Illuminating Complex EX with precious silk and pearl elements, to help moisturize and retexturize skin while reducing the appearance of damage caused by environmental stress.
- Helps diminish the look of fine lines and gives skin a firmer, more resilient appearance. Reduces visible sagging. Minimizes the appearance of dark spots and brings overall brightness and translucence to the kin.
- Features specialized ingredients developed through studies in anti-aging that optimize conditions for the vitality of skin (Inositol, Rosemary Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract).*
- Increase moisture, resilience, and firmness by morning.
- Delivers Retinol ACE, an effective treatment in wrinkle care.
- Formulated with the intensive brightening ingredient, 4MSK.
- Rich texture inspires a sense of luxury, radiance, and youthfulness.
- Contains a deep elegant fragrance of natural rose and rare orchid.
‘You circle it, spellbound. Unprepared for
the magnitude of its beauty. Your own,
reflected in its many faces. A story,
hidden at its top. A trove, waiting within. ‘
I have been using this as the last step in the evening skincare routine and been really impressed with it, though I have used it for a few days but very positive and impressed with the first impressions. I will keep you posted on more in my Instagram stories and feed. The texture of the cream is very smooth. It melts and absorbs into the skin rapidly without leaving any oiliness or residue. My skin looks clear, even, and supple.
The collection depicts the beautiful holiday spirit and the time of the year with all the mesmerizingly gorgeous products which are perfect for treating yourself and indulging into the celebration and liveliness of the season. Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018 is limited edition collection, I highly recommend you to check the products before the products sell out. Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018 is available at Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.
The charm and excitement of the season and the holidays are back with some amazing gift ideas and gorgeous fun packaging from Fresh Beauty. I am sharing my recommendations and value sets from Fresh Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection that you must check if you are a skincare lover or even if you have just started to take your skincare products seriously. The sets are a great value for most of the skin types, they are curated with the best selling products from the brand that will be sufficient for a full skincare routine. Already in fall and winter approaching soon, the products are curated keeping in mind the weather as well as to combat and protect the skin from external factors. ‘Inspired by the stories of fresh founders Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, we created gift sets that give you a glimpse into their love for travel and how it is integrated into every product. Each set is designed with passport stamp illustrations and includes travel-themed stickers and a map to track your own #freshjourney.’
Fresh Roundtrip Ritual Set comprises of deluxe sizes of products that are great for trying and even to carry on when traveling. I do stock up on this kind of skincare sets because they are my go-to when traveling as I don’t like traveling with my full-size skin care products. If you followed me during my last vacation, I was carrying most of the products from Fresh in their deluxe sizes.
The products make a complete skincare routine, this kit includes a gentle cleanser, a soothing face mask, a depuffing eye cream, radiance-boosting moisturizer, and a plumping lip treatment packed with hyaluronic acid spheres. This set has Soy Face Cleanser – 50ml (reviewed here), Rose Face Mask – 30ml is a cult-favorite hydrating and toning gel mask infused with real rose petals, soothing rosewater, and a “smart” algae that deliver optimum moisture, Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate – 5ml is an eye cream that diminishes visible signs of aging, dark circles, and puffiness, while moisturizing and firming the eye area, Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer – 15ml is a lightweight daily moisturizer proven to prevent visible signs of aging, provide 24 hours of significant moisture, and boost radiance with Fresh’s proprietary Super 7 Complex, Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment – 2.2g (reviewed here).
Fresh Ready, Set, Firm Set is an everyday skincare routine packed with firming benefits and essential antioxidant protection. This skincare set is great to target dull skin, ‘Start with an antioxidant liquid prep step that protects against pollution and boosts luminosity. Then fight dark circles and fine lines around the eyes. For perkier skin, reach for the corset cream. And when you want to wake up to a lifted look, use the overnight mask with firming peptides. ‘
This set contains Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask – 30ml is an intensely moisturizing overnight treatment that visibly firms and redefines the skin contours to achieve a lifted, firmer look by morning, Black Tea Corset Cream Firming Moisturizer – 50ml is a lightweight firming cream for the face and neck that helps to visibly improve skin’s elasticity, providing a corset-like effect for a more lifted look, Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence – 20ml (reviewed here), Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing Eye Cream (5ml) is an eye cream that diminishes visible signs of aging, dark circles, and puffiness, while moisturizing and firming the eye area. Not just for dull skin, it is a great value set to start with if you are looking for some products for antiaging.
Fresh Limited Edition Zodiac Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy is a limited-edition balm that celebrates the Zodiac while hydrating for 24 hours and smoothing lips.
These age-defying balms boost volume and improve definition, making them the perfect overnight treatment or lip color base. In addition to moisture-locking sugar, the balms contain sea fennel to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. I reviewed the original lip treatment in detail here. This is a really nice formula for dry, dehydrated or chapped lips.
I always have one in my bag and vanity all the time. This keeps my lips moisturized all year round and is one of my go-to products which I trust when it comes to lip care. Having one for your zodiac sign is a great way to try this or even a great gift and best as a stocking stuffer. Here is some description all the packaging and zodiac signs, per Susan Miller:
ARIES: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Aries ram is magenta, blue mixed with fiery red because it’s the life force of the Zodiac.
TAURUS: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Taurus bull is grass green because this is the time of year nature is rejuvenating.
GEMINI: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Gemini twins is the bright yellow color of the sun for this brilliant air sign.
CANCER: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Cancer crab is silver blue because this sign loves water and is ruled by the moon.
LEO: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Leo lion is rich purple, like a king or queen’s robes, to represent royalty.
VIRGO: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Virgo maiden is olive green to symbolize this sign’s purity and faithfulness.
LIBRA: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Libra scales is soft, feminine pink because the goddess Venus rules this sign.
SCORPIO: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Scorpio scorpion is violet to reflect the deeply emotional nature of this sign.
SAGITTARIUS: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Sagittarius archer is maroon to symbolize the end of the autumn season.
CAPRICORN: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Capricorn sea-goat is earthy orange to reflect the determined, driven spirit of this sign.
AQUARIUS: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Aquarius water-bearer is bright aqua because this futuristic sign keeps her gaze on the horizon.
PISCES: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Pisces fish is turquoise because this sign is ruled by Neptune, god of the sea.
Fresh Beauty Holiday Sets are limited edition and available at Sephora Canada and Sephora.
Your skin needs moisture, no matter what skin type you have. Moisture is essential for healthy skin and based on what the skin types is, it could be lightweight, rich, or extra rich. For me, my combination skin needs something that keeps it in balance without being overly dry or overly rich in moisture. My motive of saying all this is that moisturizer is an important part of skincare routine and even if you use any number of the products like essence, serum, sunscreen, makeup, the one thing I do not think anyone forgets is the moisturizer. So, the moisturizer you use needs to be something that suits your skin and its needs. I have been using the duo of moisturizers for day and night – Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer and Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream – Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen and sharing my thoughts on how I feel about them for the time I have used them. They are going to be in the rotation in my skincare routine and you will see them more on my Instagram and social handles.
About the brand, ‘RéVive™ is a luxury skincare line developed by Dr. Gregory Bays Brown, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon created to bring back that glow. Each product has been scientifically formulated with Bio-Renewal Technology, inspired by patented and Nobel Prize winning science, that Dr. Brown used to heal burn victims. This breakthrough technology delivers fast results to help change the behavior of your skin. With increased skin cell renewal and improved collagen and elastin, skin looks rejuvenated and revitalized and signs of aging are dramatically reduced. Dr. Brown formulates RéVive™ products with a collection of bio-engineered proteins called Bio Renewal Technology inspired by the proteins that we produce naturally. These skin-identical proteins mimic your skin’s bio-renewal process to quickly renew skin’s structure to behave at a more youthful rate.’
Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream – Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen is a day moisturizer helps protect skin while encouraging skin cell renewal with a Rapid Renewal Complex that quickly reveals new, brighter skin. Dull, dry skin is transformed to healthy looking, more luminous skin.
Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer is a retexturizing hydrator night cream that gently exfoliates, renews and moisturizes facial skin. It is the best selling product from the brand that works hard overnight to make skin feel replenished and revived in the morning. Its unique formula works overtime as you sleep to help eradicate imperfections and visibly diminish fine lines. Wake up to fresher, more beautiful skin. Provides overall glow for a luminous, youthful complexion. RéVive Moisturising Renewal Cream utilizes RéVive’s exclusive Nobel Prize-winning ingredient, Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), to dramatic effect. It soothes and nourishes the skin to leave it luminous and vibrant. Simultaneously exfoliating and hydrating the skin, the sophisticated cream also works to reduce blemishes and imperfections, while evening out skin tone. By binding in moisture, it gently plumps the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines. RéVive Moisturising Renewal Cream uses glycolic acid to smooth and retexture the skin, rendering it soft as silk on the surface and yet firm to the touch.
This duo has been my go-to since last few days and I am really enjoying how my skin is liking them. For my blemish prone combination skin, the creams did not irritate or break me out. They go on smoothly, absorbs nicely without feeling oily or leaving any residue. The day cream stays on well under the makeup and the night cream works great with my other steps in the skincare routine like the toner, serum, and eye cream. My skin, no doubt, looks fresh, bright, even-toned, supple, and healthy overall.
The holiday season is almost here and all I can think of is the limited edition gift sets and gorgeous products that are all over the stores making it more and more difficult to choose the right gift. This post kicks off my series on my special recommendations I chose for you guys for the upcoming season. Acqua di Parma has a festive Gift Set of Chinotto di Liguria essentials presented in a gift box beautifully illustrated by the British artist Clym Evernden linked here. The Chinotto di Liguria gift set includes a 75ml eau de toilette, a 40ml moisturizing shower gel, and a new 50ml spray body lotion, infused with the refreshing and lively signature citrus scent of the Mediterranean landscape. I have details on the Chinotto di Liguria eau de toilette and the spray body lotion in this editorial.
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto Di Liguria eau de toilette is a refreshing and lively scent from Liguria for men and women. This refreshing scent encapsulates Italy’s coastal Chinotto and mandarin trees. The nose behind the fragrance is Francois Demachy, he is also the nose behind four other Blu Mediterraneo perfumes including this one. The note that is focussed and is also in the name of the fragrance is Chinotto which is a rare Mediterranean citrus. The citrus notes are combined with jasmine, geranium, rosemary, and cardamom. Patchouli and musk evoke nature and wellbeing. The notes of the fragrance are: Chinotto, Mandarin, Jasmine, Geranium, Rosemary, Cardamom, Patchouli, and Musk
‘Chinotto, the rarest and most precious citrus fruit, is a bittersweet treasure of Italy. This refreshing and lively scent is inspired by a unique land of contrasts. Like a perfect memory of a sunny morning walk overlooking the sea alongside Chinotto and mandarin trees, this fragrance evokes the delightful embrace of sand and sea. Echoes and sunny touches of jasmine and geranium are refreshed by the energetic notes of rosemary and cardamom. Patchouli and musk evoke the silence and peace of an untouched nature for a pure moment of well-being.’
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto Di Liguria Body Lotion is a lightweight and hydrating body mist enriched with almond, olive and grape seed oils to leave skin soft and scented by the fresh and sophisticated notes of Chinotto di Liguria. The fragrance Notes are same as the Eau de toilette: Chinotto, Mandarin, Jasmine, Geranium, Rosemary, Cardamom, Patchouli, Musk.
The fragrance is a chypre floral fragrance. It is a fresh summery fragrance and totally reminds me of a beach vacation, so fresh and full of energy. The staying power of the fragrance is around 5-6 hours on my skin and if I follow the eau de toilette after applying the body lotion from the same range, I could smell the scent even longer and it lingers around for a bit more longer time. The scent is not overpowering to me and would be a great gift for anyone going for a vacation, or for yourself for the summer or for a vacation, the set is a great value to try more from the same range.