‘What makes you unique makes you beautiful’, Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier is a brand which has some really amazing products you can trust for every day as well as occasional looks. The products are so versatile, they perform and work so well. I was really looking forward to the Boheme Chic Color Collection, especially the Boheme Chic Eye Palette, the first look on the brand’s website and on the social media posts all rose the excitement even more. The shades in the palette look so perfect and absolutely wearable any time of the day or occasion. In this post I am going to present the Laura Mercier Boheme Chic Eye Palette – an editorial-inspired eyeshadow palette, the new Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-long wear concealer and the Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick.
Laura Mercier Boheme Chic Eye Palette – Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays
The Boheme Chic Color Collection is inspired by the textures which is Laura’s Parisian atelier, her painting studio. Laura Mercier Boheme Chic Eye Palette (CAD $58) is an eclectic ambiance filled with acrylic paint, liquefied pearls, and earthy organic materials. Laura Mercier Boheme Chic Eye Palette is an editorial-inspired eyeshadow palette featuring six highly pigmented clay-textured eye colors in matte and sparkling finishes, along with a custom built-in powder to prolong wear. The shades are a mix of matte and metallic finishes. A really nice inclusion is the setting powder to prolong the wear time.
The formula of the eyeshadows is highly pigmented, buildable to full coverage. The high-performance hybrid-texture has a unique ‘wet-feel’ that is soft and flexible, making it easily blendable and layered. The air-light setting powder sets the color and controls oil breakthrough, for all-day wear without creasing.
I have been testing and using this palette since over a week and thoroughly impressed. The formula is just amazing, rich and pigmented. It gives a beautifully soft and wet feel when applying. It blends very nicely without much effort and gives beautiful, almost full coverage, one more swipe and it is all full coverage. The selection of shades in this palette makes it even more versatile, it is perfect for work or even party look. The shimmering and matte clays are very wearable, individually as well as for contrasting texture and shade combinations to take you from day to night look. I have used an eyeshadow brush and even my fingers few times, the formula is just amazing, makes it super easy to apply, even for a beginner too. The matte shades do not show up much in my swatches as they match my skin tone on the arm perfectly if you notice those matte shades blend in pretty well while the shimmering shades are noticeable. The white long-wearing setting powder is very sheer and does not shows up but works on nicely to keep the eye makeup intact and long-wearing.
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer (CAD $36) is described as a weightless concealer with 12 hours of crease-resistant wear that seamlessly blurs and conceals fine lines, imperfections, and discolorations. The concealer has medium to full coverage to seamlessly conceal under eye darkness and facial imperfections. the finish is natural and does not look cakey. The formula is very lightweight, undetectable after application, while the Blurring Powder blend diffuses light to smooth the look of fine lines. The formula has Skin Fusion Technology, long-wearing flexible polymers fuse to skin for wear that is transfer, sweat, humidity, and water -resistant. With all this technology in the formula, there are antioxidants and skin brightening Vitamin C which combines with lightweight humectant Glycerin to balance skin moisture and enhance a natural finish that looks flawless without creasing, settling or looking dry and cakey.
The packaging is good with a doe-foot applicator wand, makes the application easy. I dot the product with the doe-foot applicator under eyes, over discolorations and imperfections, and onto any areas of darkness. Then gently press and blend with fingertips, using the warmth of the fingers to create a seamless finish.
The formula is buildable, so if more is needed, I apply more to that area. It can be used in combination with the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage which is another favorite concealer which I use every day to conceal my dark spots which my hormonal congestion leaves. I am very impressed with the claims and the results, it does stay on well for the whole day, the finish is seamless, looks very natural, makes the under eye area bright and covers the darkness. It does not settles into any problem areas and does not look dry or cakey as some concealers do get to tend dry and cakey after application. I use this with my Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation, such a great combination, keeps on getting better with the day. The shade 3N is for medium skin tones with neutral undertone. I am on the side of yellow undertones and this one balances out the yellowness pretty well and brightens the eye area and dark areas.
Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick
Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick (CAD $34) is described as an ultra-matte lipstick that delivers intense, single-stroke coverage and long-lasting, creamy comfort. Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick provides the powder-matte finish without the drag or dryness. The formula is lightweight, creamy, and has a velvety texture. It has rich, intense color and the finish is matte. Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick provides full coverage and is long wearing.
The formula glides on easily and effortlessly onto the lips, does not bleeds, feather or smudge. It feels comfortable on the lips without drying. My lips are usually very dry and most of the products make them drier, especially the matte lipsticks. I have been using these lipsticks since the time I started testing, it stays on pretty well for over 4-5 hours without making my lips dry or settling into the lines. I do make sure to exfoliate or even use a lip balm when I start putting on my makeup and by the time I am done with face makeup, my last step is to remove my lip balm from the lips and apply my lipstick. The formula and shades do not make my lips look flat but they look nice and soft, the velvety texture does work pretty nicely.
Laura Mercier Boheme Chic Eye Palette is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear concealer and the Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick are available at Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Dior Hydra Life is a complete skincare collection created to hydrate the skin using gentle, effective, naturally derived ingredients. It is an innovative beauty line with natural-origin active ingredients, in tune with the times, as minimalist as it is effective. Dior Hydra Life has 83% natural ingredients and new floral active ingredients since it was launched last year in 2017. It has caused a stir since then in all skincare lovers, no matter the type of skin. The formulas are purified of parabens and contain even less silicone than the last year. The new launches have fresh sorbet textures causing a high pleasure experience. It contains prebiotic to resynchronize the skin flora and actively performs its role in maintaining the skin health. The Dior Hydra Life has a new hydrating Sorbet Program along with two irresistible cleansers which I am going to talk about.
Dior Hydra Life new Sorbet Program covers all the daily skincare needs of women and men too. The common theme of all Dior Hydra Life range is the iconic ingredients of Hydra Life, Mallow, and Haberlea extracts, which boost water circulation within the skin and stimulate skin flora responsible for its natural defenses. The 3-step Sorbet Program is all about preparing the skin (Balancing Hydration with 2-in-1 Sorbet Water), rehydrating (Hydration Rescue with Intense Sorbet Cream), and awakening the look (Cooling Hydration with Sorbet Eye Gel). The two new formulas for cleansing, suitable for every skin type, are Micellar Milk – No-Rinse Cleanser and 3-in-1 Makeup Remover. As this post is about my skincare routine with Dior Hydra Life, I will start with the cleanser and then follow the steps until the last step in my routine to hydrate and moisturize my skin.
Dior Hydra Life Triple Impact Makeup Remover
Dior Hydra Life 3-in-1 Makeup Remover (CAD $42 – 125ml) is a triple impact makeup remover which cleanses, soothes, and beautify the skin. Dior Hydra Life 3-in-1 Makeup Remover is a bi-phase solution that removes heavier makeup even on sensitive areas of the face. It has three star ingredients: Lily extract that helps make the lashes appear more beautiful, day after day. A licorice-based ingredient soothes the eye contour and a cleansing complex eliminates all traces of makeup.
I have been using it regularly to remove my makeup and it works really well to remove the makeup, even the long-wear makeup, heavy duty kind of makeup. Do make sure to shake it well before using as I did not shake it well few times and it does make a difference, I felt a little oily on the skin after using it. After shaking it well, I apply it with a cotton pad and remove the makeup. It did not irritate my eyes or my skin. My skin does not feel any tightness or dryness after using this, it feels clean and hydrated. It is not just good for eye makeup but I have used it to remove all whole face makeup with this, it works well. Then I move to my next step, either double cleansing with my cleanser or if I am in the mood of using Micellar Milk for not very heavy or permanent makeup for the whole face. Or I sometimes remove my eye makeup with the 3-in-1 makeup remover and then for my face, I use the Micellar Milk.
Dior Hydra Life Micellar Milk – No-Rinse Cleanser
Dior Hydra Life Micellar Milk – No-Rinse Cleanser (CAD $49 – 200ml) is the first micellar milk to combine the cleaning power of micelles and the nourishing richness of milk. As sensitive skin prefers milk to micellar water, while oily and combination skin love more aqueous products, Dior Hydra Life achieved the feat of combining the softness of a milk and the performance of a micellar water in one formula. Dior Hydra Life Micellar Milk – No-Rinse Cleanser has a luscious and fresh texture that transforms from milk into water upon contact with the skin. It has two star ingredients: Natural-origin micelles trap the most stubborn makeup particles and rice milk proteins help prevent nutritional deficiencies within the skin, and stimulate and rebalance skin flora affected by cleansing. It is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive ones and is ideal for both face and eyes.
I use this Micellar Milk with a cotton pad, it is very creamy and smooth in texture. It removes the makeup pretty well, both from eyes and face. It is hydrating too, the skin does not feel right or irritated. My skin looks supple, fresh, nourished, and there is no greasy feeling.
Dior Hydra Life Balancing Hydration – 2 in 1 Sorbet Water
Dior Hydra Life 2-in-1 Sorbet Water (CAD $52 – 175ml) was developed in collaboration with the Dior Asian Innovation Center in Japan. Dior Hydra Life 2-in-1 Sorbet Water is fresh 2-in-1 beauty water that moisturizes and rebalances the skin. This product is designed to be used after cleansing the skin as the bare skin is both vulnerable and highly responsive. This crystalline lotion moisturizes the skin, strengthens its ecosystem and diminishes minor imperfections like dilated pores, shine, redness, and spots.
Dior Hydra Life 2-in-1 Sorbet Water contains three star ingredients: Mineral powders which instantly minimize imperfections, the Fermented sugar which is a powerful prebiotic, stabilizes skin flora day after day, and Jasmine water which offers exceptional moisturizing power. I prefer applying this with cotton, but it works pretty well with hands too. I take few drops on my palms and then just press them into my skin. It did not make me break out or irritate my skin. My skin feels hydrated and soft, with regular use, I feel the texture of my skin is refined.
Dior Hydra Life Deep Hydration – Sorbet Water Essence
Dior Hydra Life Deep Hydration – Sorbet Water Essence (CAD $88 – 40ml) offers 3 actions in 1 single step: the ultra-concentrated moisturization of a serum, the radiance boost of a gentle peel and the toning effect of a lotion. It has a translucent blue liquid texture which offers a splash of freshness that instantly invigorates the skin. Deeply moisturized, the skin is smooth and clarified. The key ingredients include Mallow which deeply boosts aquaporin synthesis to invigorate water circulation, Haberlea leaf extract, as per Dior Science this is the first ingredient that is not only gentle on skin flora in its diversity but also, more importantly, stimulates the production of ingredients essential to its beauty. The natural fruit acids offer an extremely gentle peel for a delicate daily exfoliation of the skin. Dior Hydra Life Deep Hydration – Sorbet Water Essence is suitable for normal, oily, and combination skin types.
I use it after the Sorbet Water and before the moisturizer or Intense Sorbet cream from the Hydra Life range. The serum applies nicely to the skin and sinks in quickly. I feel it works more than just giving hydration, my skin feels fresh, toned, and refined – making it look radiant and plump.
Dior Hydra Life Hydration Rescue – Intense Sorbet Cream
Dior Hydra Life Intense Sorbet Cream (CAD $82 – 50ml) is described as a multi-use rescue balm to comfort, nourish and strengthen the parched, uncomfortable epidermis with an incredibly lightweight butter texture. The can be perfect daily emergency skincare which acts on facial features like an intensive yoga session for the body, it soothes, softens, and strengthens. It has two star ingredients: Mallow butter which nourishes and strengthens skin barrier to keep water in cells maximizing its impermeability, and Chamomile extract which calms irritations. It also helps with skin redness, makes skin’s surface plump and smooth.
It can be used in the daily skincare routine, and also as a night mask during periods of high sensitivity or when skin needs some extra care. It works great on dehydrated areas of the skin apart from the face, like hands, elbows, and knees. The texture of the cream is very smooth and creamy gel-like. It melts into the skin pretty well and makes the skin look fresh, plump, and smooth. Even for my combination skin, I do sometimes avoid too much moisture fearing breakouts and congestion but this is working pretty well.
Dior Hydra Life Cooling Hydration – Sorbet Eye Gel
Dior Hydra Life Sorbet Eye Gel (CAD $70 – 15ml) is described to deliver unique eye cube freshness to awaken the eye contour in the blink of an eye. This is just one in a kind of product I have used for a long time. The packaging and the product, they are both marvelous. The exclusive ceramic-applicator offers the effect of an ice cube to promote eye contour microcirculation The on-the-go format is very travel-friendly too. It is very much suitable to even the ultra-sensitive areas. It contains three star ingredients: Anti-inflammatory cornflower water instantly decongests the eyelids and puffiness, Micronized mineral powders illuminate and correct dark circles and Abyssinica oil is known to nourish, protect and strengthen the lashes and eyebrows.
I am seriously obsessed with the eye gel, it just melts into the skin and gives my tired eyes a really cool and fresh feel. The applicator and the product both work great together, my eyes feel relaxed and awake. I massage it into the eyelids, eyebrows, and temples, apart from working on the eye area, it relaxes and rejuvenates the area and the mind. I do notice the illumination it provides when applied and the area is moisturized and looks fresh and awake all day. I have been planning on keeping this eye gel in the fridge for the summer, it is cooling normally but would love some more cool fun in summer.
Overall, a nice range of products, very gentle yet effective. I am really enjoying using these products and would be great for all seasons. Hydration is the key, whether you have any type of skin, you need hydration and when the hydration comes with treatment like toning, refining, firming, and radiance, what else can you ask for more. Dior Hydra Life products are available at all Dior counters, Hudson’s Bay, BeautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, Nordstrom, Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus.
What do you think are your skin’s needs at this moment? Are you planning to pick anything from Dior Hydra Life? My must-haves are Dior Hydra Life Deep Hydration – Sorbet Water Essence, Dior Hydra Life Hydration Rescue – Intense Sorbet Cream, and Dior Hydra Life Sorbet Eye Gel. If you are looking for makeup removers, Dior Hydra Life Micellar Milk – No-Rinse Cleanser and the Triple Action makeup remover work really well.
Givenchy has some amazing new launches for the woman, Givenchy Live Irrésistible Blossom Crush, Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau Initiale which I have the details here. And here is the new launch for men called Gentleman Givenchy Eau de Parfum. In 2017, Givenchy created Gentleman Eau de Toilette, a fragrance brimming with contrasts and paradoxes, boldly blending strength and delicateness. The new launch Givenchy Gentleman Eau de Parfum is a hedonistic essence tailor-made for an enchanting night bird.
‘Don’t Go With The Flow, Be The Flow’
Gentleman Givenchy Eau de Parfum, the fragrance family is Woody Floral Oriental. The notes are:
Top notes: Pepper & Lavender, Middle notes: Orris & Tolu Balm, Base notes: Patchouli & Black Vanilla
‘It’s hard to resist the allure of this Eau de Parfum as mysterious as nightfall. At once in line with Gentleman Eau de Toilette yet entirely other, it offers the same olfactory signature while conveying a completely new personality. After composing the first fragrance, master perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Olivier Cresp imbued this new variation with the extreme sensuality of night. An explosive, almost raw sensuality that bursts forth from the very first spray. A caressing overdose of Iris Pallida. The wild voluptuousness of patchouli essence. The almost dangerous heat of black pepper. The dizzying sweetness of balms and black vanilla…Gentleman Eau de Parfum is deliberately disturbing and definitely addictive.
The Gentleman Givenchy bottle is an emblem of authentic coolness. And because this new Eau de Parfum seems to originate from the night itself, it has donned an opaque, lacquered black evoking total darkness. A single sliver of light, the bottle’s transparent underside makes the fragrance appear as if suspended in glass, reminding us that dawn is never far away.. And since the Eau de Parfum is a rich and eruptive fragrance, its unique black bottle is now immortalized against a backdrop of an explosion of gypsophila rather than a single sprig. British Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson embodies the new Givenchy Gentleman in a timeless black and white advertising campaign.
The fragrance is very nice masculine fragrance, well-composed, wears close to the skin. To me, it is a straightforward fragrance, I smell all the notes. It does incline more towards unisex, very enjoyable, not overbearing or heavy. It will be great for all seasons, spring, winter, and fall. Gentleman Givenchy Eau de Parfum is available at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, and Shoppers Drug Mart from May 9th, 2018.