La Mer has been known for their luxurious formulas, healing power, miracle broth, effectiveness, luminosity, and crafted with natural ingredients. La Mer’s journey began when Dr. Max Huber suffered burns in an experiment gone awry and set out to create his own destiny. He hoped to unlock the healing power of the sea he held so dear. Inspired by the oceanic world, Huber fermented nutrient-rich sea kelp with other natural ingredients. 12 years and 6,000 experiments later, Crème de la Mer was born – and Huber’s skin visibly restored. I have been using The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer from Skincolor de la mer since last few weeks and have been impressed by the products.

la mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer from Skincolor de la mer

La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20

The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 is described as a weightless foundation with luxurious long-wear texture. The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 seamlessly blends soft color, healing hydration, and Miracle Broth. Pores look refined. Imperfections virtually disappear. SPF and antioxidants help protect a newly flawless complexion. New color capsule technology helps color stay true – even in humidity.

The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer from Skincolor de la mer

The foundation has a beautiful texture, creamy and very easy to blend. It seamlessly blends into the skin like a second skin. The pigmentation is good enough to give medium to full coverage. It smoothens out the pores and evens out the skin. After using it regularly, I do feel it benefits my skin like my skin is radiant, hydrated, and healthy. It does not accentuate my dry area on the combination skin. The staying power is really good, it stays flawless for over 8 to 10 hours as experienced by me. I do want to mention that the foundation does have fragrance, it does smell like the formulation or the SPF, definitely not like the separate fragrance added to products. The good thing is it does not linger around for long, fades away pretty quickly. The SPF is an added plus as I do tend to skip my sunscreen in winters when I am using this foundation. The foundation does not oxidize and stays true to the color all day. The packaging of the foundation is in the luxurious frosted heavyweight glass bottle with a pump. One and a half pump is enough to cover my face and to build upon the problem areas and evening out on the neck. The finish is satiny and looks very natural on the skin. It does not look cakey or rolls off during the day., It works great with or without primer and can be applied using fingers, brush, or beauty blender. This foundation is available in 15 shades.

The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer from Skincolor de la mer

La Mer The Concealer

The Concealer is described as an ultra-creamy concealer, with the potent miracle broth, that melts into the skin with a veil of weightless coverage, youth-boosting benefits, and antioxidants. Imperfections appear blended away as the skin is treated and looks transformed. This treatment-powered concealer hugs contours, for long-wearing, buildable coverage.

The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer from Skincolor de la mer

Upper – The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 in Tan, Lower –  The Concealer in Medium

The concealer is packaged in a stick shape and is very easy to apply, either straight from the bullet or with brush or finger. The texture is thick and creamy, blending does take effort. Being thick, the concealer does not feel heavy on the skin but it dries pretty quickly, so it needs to be blended fast. I have used it on my imperfections to cover up the spots and pigmentation. The concealer is available in 4 shades. It has very good coverage. It does not settle into the lines or problem areas. The finish is satin like and looks natural on the skin. It does not looks cakey or fades during the day, stays well all the day for over 8 hours.

Overall, I am really impressed by the foundation and concealer. I would highly recommend the foundation if you are looking for a naturally flawless luminous look that looks like a second skin, it is a must-have. La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer are available at Sephora Canada, Nordstrom, and Net-A-Porter.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Hair care and hair health need the most care in the winter months and Christophe Robin is a brand which has been in my favorite’s list when my hair is in need of some extra care and love. I have reviewed Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil here which I have already repurchased and on the second jar. Another pair is the newly launched hydrating shampoo and leave-in condition with aloe vera reviewed here. They have been keeping my hair and scalp healthy. With hair fall and medium fine here, there is always that lack of volume which I am trying to create with various products, sometimes which are a hit or a miss. I am using the products from the collection of natural volume treatments with rose extracts to create that Voluminous hair with Christophe Robin.

I will first start with why this line is different from other products aiming at providing volume as well as suitable for colored hair. Volume-enhancing styling products, shampoos, and conditioners are often boosted with alcohol or volumizing ingredients that produce instant results but prevent hair color from lasting. They can even cause the color to fade and pigments to turn very quickly. The expectations for volume-enhancing results are incredibly high, and choices must be made between treating the hair and protecting the color to strike the right balance. The volume and treatment products with the rose extract from Christophe Robin were developed to address the needs of women who want to maintain their fine, colored hair while still enjoying long-lasting color. These products are formulated around 3 rose extracts which help soothe scalp that is sensitized by hair coloring, they repair hair while preserving the look of fresh color, and they provide long-lasting natural volume without drying hair or leaving them dull.

 Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo Conditioner with Rose Extracts, Christophe Robin Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water

The 3 natural rose extracts include Rosehip seed oil which is extremely rich in essential fatty acids, rosa centifolia water which has slightly astringent, moisturizing, and soothing properties, and Rosa Gallica Glycerin extract which provide repairing and nourishing properties.

Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo with Rose Extracts

Delicate Volumizing Shampoo with Rose Extracts is described as the daily cleansing and protecting care for fine and colored, sensitive hair. The shampoo has a gel formula which glides over the hair and produces a very light lather upon application. It is enriched with rose water, and fortifying baobab leaf extract which helps preserve color, repairs, and smoothes the hair while adding volume. The antioxidant ingredients, rose oil and glycerin extract, combine with an acidic pH of 4.9 to close the hair scales, preventing pigments from leaching out and keeping the color vivid and glossy.

The shampoo has been very gently on my itchy problem scalp and medium wavy dry hair. The hair appears fuller and more toned since I am using this shampoo. The volume does stay on and the styling is easy. The packaging is in sturdy plastic bottles which looks very elegant. The shampoo has a subtle rose fragrance which is very beautiful and stays on for some time.

 Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo Conditioner with Rose Extracts, Christophe Robin Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water

Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Conditioner with Rose Extracts

Delicate Volumizing Conditioner with Rose Extracts is described to give instant detangling and protecting care for fine and colored, sensitive hair. The conditioner works with Delicate Volumizing Shampoo with Rose Extracts to aid in detangling and boost the sculpting, restructuring effect. The formula is enriched with rose water and fortifying baobab leaf extract which helps fine, colored hair feeling light and volumized, with natural hold. Antioxidants in the form of rose oil and glycerin extract, combined with vitamins A and E, help to nourish hair and maintain the color without weighing the hair down.

I have been using this conditioner mainly on the ends and lengths of my hair avoiding roots. My hair is smooth and moisturized after rinsing it off and drying. The hair looks healthy with some extra volume that stays.

 Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo Conditioner with Rose Extracts, Christophe Robin Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water

Christophe Robin Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water

Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water is described as a densifying care for roots and lengths for fine and colored, sensitive hair. It is alcohol-free, non-sticky, and leave in. This hair mist is composed of 96% rose water, offering softening and soothing benefits for the scalp, which is often irritated by color or by other external factors. I apply it first on the scalp by rubbing it gently into it and then spraying over the entire head of hair to provide natural hold right from the roots, for volume and long-lasting style. The natural rose extract in this hair mist prevents color from oxidizing. The hair mist has a subtle fragrance which amazingly uplifts the mood and feels very gentle on the hair and scalp. It can be used with damp or dry hair, roots, and lengths before styling. I have not experienced any weighing down or sticky-ness with this hair mist, I have used this to freshen up my hair between the washes.

Overall, a beautiful line with nice products to give volume to fine hair and also if you are looking for something that is natural, maintains the vivid color of your hair, does not irritates your scalp or fades your color, I would highly recommend you to check these out. Delicate Volumizing Shampoo with Rose Extract, Delicate Volumizing Conditioner with Rose Extracts, and Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water are available at Sephora Canada, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, SpaceNK UK, SpaceNK USA, and Sephora.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year, this is my first post for 2018 and what could be more better than writing about one of my favorite and most go-to brand and formula for Lipstick. I am talking about Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick. It all started with my first lipstick purchase from the brand and I never looked back, the lipsticks were always treasured and loved by me and my mother. And now, I have got the chance to share my review and swatches of 18 shades of Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick. If you have heard about them before, I am sure this would be on your wish list or you must have already bought it. And if you have not heard about them before, I assure you, you will fall in love.

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick (CAD $42) is a semi-matte lipstick and is one of the most comfortable semi-matte formula I have tried. The lipstick is encased in an elegant silver and leather tube. The texture of the lipstick is creamy and comfortable. The formula is highly pigmented and one stroke on the lips gives a perfect amount pigment with radiant, lasting color. The lips do not dry out but the formula is very moisturizing and the staying power is amazing, almost 4-5 hours on me without eating much, but I don’t mind to apply and reapply. The formula glides on very easily on the lips, it is very lightweight and ultra-smooth.

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

To apply it, it can either be applied straight from the bullet, after defining the lips with a lip liner or it can be used with the finger for longer staying power. I apply the lipstick with my finger to the lips and press them a bit. Then I apply the lipstick straight from the bullet to increase the intensity based on my need, this method does help the lipstick stay longer. This is a lipstick-as-accessory which looks great as well as works great.

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

There is a wide range of shades available in Givenchy Le Rouge Lipsticks which are suitable for different skin tones as well as moods. There are 14 shades which are already existing and 7 additional shades which became available in August 2017.  I have the swatches and description of the shades below:

102 – Beige Plume – Peachy Beige

109 – Brun Createur- (new) mauve brown

201 – Rose Taffetas – light pink coral

202 – Rose Dressing – bright pink coral

205 – Fuchsia Irresistible – vibrant fuchsia

209 – Rose Perfecto – electric bright pink

210 – Rose Dahlia – bubblegum pink

214 – Rose Broderie – (new) rosy deep pink

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

301 – Magnolia Organza  – bright reddish pink

303 – Corail Decollete – pink toned coral

305 – Rouge Egerie – coral red

307 – Grenat Initie – deep red

315 – Framboise Velours – deep raspberry pink

323 – Framboise Couture – (new) berry fuchsia

324 – Coral Backstage – (new) bright coral

325 – Rouge Fetiche – (new) cool red

326 – Pourpre Edgy – (new) dark maroon red

327 – Prune Trendy – (new) purplish berry

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and SwatchesGivenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Overall, I highly recommend you to check this lipstick if you have not tried this and if you have already tried this, I hope the shades and swatches are helpful. Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick is available in Sephora Canada, Sephora, and Net-A-Porter.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.

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