As a professional woman in this modern world, I am always drawn towards multi-purpose and skin-kind formulas that perform. I always reach for products that are simple to use, work well for my skin, and enhance my look with fewer steps and fewer products. lilah b. has a minimalistic collection of color with high performance and are multi-purpose that offer classic colors with sophisticated twists and luxurious textures. lilah b. products are formulated without gluten, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances. They are vegan and cruelty-free.
lilah b. believes in ‘We believe with less, you are more.’ and allows women to achieve a finished look with fewer products, encouraging movement to declutter, minimize, and simplify. The brand’s thoughtfully-designed, stone-shaped sleek and modern compacts, inspired by the beaches of Southern Italy, reiterate the company’s grab-and-go minimalist approach.
Lilah pays homage to a mentor in the life of the founder of the brand and the b. stands for beauty, which is cleverly worked into product shade names like b. fearless, b. lovely, and b. original. I have been using and loving the Glisten & Glow, Divine Duo Lip & Cheek, and Palette Perfection Eye Quad from the brand.
lilah b. Glisten & Glow
Glisten & Glow (CAD $80) is described as a multipurpose, all-over skin illuminator with skincare benefits. ‘Awaken and revitalize a dull complexion with this luxurious whipped formula. As part of an overall beauty routine, healthy, radiant skin becomes instantly attainable when worn alone or as an all-over base for our Flawless Finish foundation. Impart an uplifting glow as a brow highlighter, illuminate and sculpt cheekbones, contour a nose or define a cupid’s bow with a natural-looking candlelit luminosity.’
Key Ingredients + Benefits:
・Black Currant Seed Oil Extract and Sunflower Oil Concentrate: effectively reduces inflammation and stimulate repair to replenish natural skin radiance
・Carotenoids, Plant Sterols and Essential Fatty Acids: helps strengthen skin’s complexion and visibly improve brightness and vitality
・Brown Sea Algae: contains skin firming properties to help improve texture and tone
This is a very subtle highlighter and glides on effortlessly on the skin. The shade is light champagne and is sheer but buildable. It gives the most natural glow, makes the skin look fresh, dewy, and luminous. The texture of the product is creamy and soft. It is the perfect all-over highlighter, I use it on my brow bone, highpoints of my cheeks, a little on the centre of my brows going towards the forehead, the bridge of my nose, my collar bones, and even the top of the arms if I am wearing the sleeveless top. The added skincare benefits into the products are a plus.
lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek
Divine Duo Lip & Cheek (CAD $56) is defined as a multipurpose, long-wearing, creamy lip and cheek duo with a luxurious matte finish. ‘Long-wearing yet creamy and moisturizing, our innovative formulation provides blendable and buildable color – perfect for day and night. Apply as a cream eyeshadow for the ultimate multitasker.’
Key Ingredients + Benefits:
・ Coconut Oil: smooths and moisturizes
・Aloe: contains soothing and moisturizing properties
・Agar: leaves skin hydrated and glowing
I really like the multi-purpose use of the products from this brand. The creamy texture of this lip & cheek duo blends so well into the skin on the cheeks and looks great on the lips, without making my lip drier or emphasizing the dryness. The pigmentation is as to give a nice color and buildable as required. It does works great as an eyeshadow too. I really like the shade b.true which is mauve and pink kind of shade. It gives a very natural flush to the cheeks and nice natural pinky lips on my skin tone. This shade would be great for most of the skin tones for the natural flush and color.
lilah b. Palette Perfection Eye Quad
Palette Perfection Eye Quad (CAD $78) is described as an all-in-one eyeshadow quad with long-wearing, versatile formulations to take your look from subtle to bold, day to night. ‘An all-in-one eyeshadow quad with long-wearing, versatile formulations to take your look from subtle to bold, day to night. Each palette is created with shade combinations for unlimited eye looks. Apply dry to achieve a simple dusting of color, or apply wet to bring out the highly pigmented nature of the shadows, creating exquisite, intense hues. The darkest shade in your favorite palette easily becomes your liner, or apply to define brows, and dust the lightest shade to highlight and accent.’
Key Ingredients + Benefits:
・Marigold Extract: improves the appearance of skin hydration and elasticity
・Coconut Oil: leaves skin supple and moisturized
・Aloe: provides moisturizing properties for smooth, creaseless application
・Agar: leaves skin hydrated and glowing
The palette b. stunning is a perfect combination of four brown brown/neutral shades that I wear every day. I use the light champagne shade as a highlighter in between my eyes, the Browns are great for a simple everyday eye look. For a nighttime look, I just wet my brush and apply to the palette and get even more intense hues. The darkest brown shade can be applied wet as an eyeliner. The look is simple but chic which I always prefer. It is a multi-use palette, perfect for both day and night, natural and chic, night and intense kind of look.
From top to bottom – Glisten & Glow, Divine Duo Lip & Cheek – b.true, Palette Perfection Eye Quad – b.stunning
Overall, a really nice, as-claimed multi-purpose products that work and perform. Everything about the products, their packaging is classic and elegant. lilah b. products are available at Sephora.ca, Holt Renfrew, Net-A-Porter, lilahbeauty.com (in the USA).
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.