This is my first indulgence into Sulwhasoo, I am pretty sure it is not the last after using the products for over a month. The first thing that attracts me to a brand is their ideology and their beliefs. Sulwhasoo believes that natural beauty starts from the good state of inside and out by addressing skin conditions at a fundamental level. Sulwhasoo is the first luxury brand to combine ancient Asian wisdom and legendary Asian medical herbs with advanced modern science to offer holistic beauty solutions that restore the delicate equilibrium between body and mind, bringing harmony and balance to the skin. I am so excited to share with the two products from the brand I have been really enjoying, Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum (CAD $105/60ml) is known as Korea’s No. 1 selling serum consecutively for the last 20 years. As an essential first-step serum applied immediately after cleansing, the First Care Activating Serum boosts a glowing and healthier look by replenishing dehydrated skin which is the root cause of all skin troubles. The serum prepares the skin and boosts the absorption and efficiencies of subsequent skincare products. It is suitable for all skin types including delicate and sensitive skin types.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

The major ingredients and technology include:

Jaum Balancing Complex – Peony (for soothing effects), Lotus (boosts mental vitality and energy, adds radiance by stimulating moisture and circulation), Rehmannia (moisturizes and addresses aging-related changes), Solomon’s Seal (replenishes tin energy, relieves dryness, and stimulates circulation, adds elasticity), White lily (stimulates circulation to deliver mind-calming and skin nourishing effects). The technologies include POJE Optimizing Process (a special method that awakens the efficacies of each herbal plant), 18-hour Secret (it is the processing time for the efficacious formula), PREXtract Process (an innovative technology that deepens the efficacies of the formula by providing a higher concentration and a richly hydrated glow).

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

I have been using the First Care Activating Serum since last month and really amazed with the results. First I will start with the packing, it is a heavy bottle, looks and feels so smooth and lush, the shape and color as such give a beautiful holistic vibe by just looking at it. The serum is lightweight and absorbs pretty fast into the skin. The skin feels nourished, balanced, and radiant after using it. I could see the radiance even after applying it for the first time, with passing time and using it continuously, I see my skin looks and feels more balanced, hydrated, smooth, clear, and glowy. The products I use after this serum seem to work better with it and the makeup stays on pretty well over it, no issues of makeup rolling off. I apply this serum after cleansing my face, the brand has a defined Balancing Beauty Ritual focussed on how to apply the First Care Activating Serum. First, cleanse the face, rub both hands together to generate warmth. Then apply 2-3 pumps of First Care Activating Serum onto the palms, place the palms together, inhaling and exhaling gently to soothe the senses. the press the hands firmly, cupping the cheeks, then cup the forehead, and then the chin. Finally, the delicate eye area to help absorption, following with the Emulsion, Serum, Eye Cream, and Moisturizer from Sulwhasoo or your regular products like I mix and match depending upon my skin’s needs.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+ (CAD $110 per unit) is described as a luxurious rejuvenating cushion foundation that spreads seamlessly onto the skin, creating a smooth perfect finish that delicately reflects light for remarkable, youthful luminosity. With SPF 50+ and PA+++, the Sulwhasoo formula not only protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays, but it also delivers anti-aging benefits.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

The major ingredients in this cushion foundation include:

Red Pine Extract – delivers radiance, resilience to the skin, boosts skin’s look of firmness and density, smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Plum Blossom Extract – delivers anti-oxidants and clarity to skin

Radiance Pearl Powder Complex – provides silky, seamless yet perfected complexion with a healthy, natural looking glow.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

As you see in the pictures, the packaging of the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+ is so elegant and gorgeous, the details are taken care of in a beautiful design and packaging. The packaging is heavy and feels luxurious. I press the puff onto the cushion and gently spread the product across the face. Starting from the center of the face and working outwards, I blend in with either of my brush, puff, beauty blender or even my fingers. I apply more on the areas that need more coverage like where my pigmentation or dark spots are. The coverage is medium and is buildable to full.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

Top – 21 Medium Pink, Bottom – 23 Medium Beige

The formula is creamy smooth and blends in easily into the skin to give a seamless finish. The finish looks very natural, radiant, luminous, and long-lasting. It stays on well for over 7-8 hours and it seems good even at the end of the day. 23 Medium Beige suits my medium tan skin tone , I would say it would be perfect match for my skin in winters. This is a great addition to my cushion foundations that I have tried this year. The packaging does include a filling plus one refill with it.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+ are available at Nordstrom Toronto, Nordstrom Vancouver, Nordstrom.com,  and Holt Renfrew Vancouver.

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Cire Trudon Candles are luxurious candles known for their exquisite attention to detail, design, and quality. The history of Cire Trudon Candles begins back in 1643. It was during this year that Claude Trudon became the owner of a boutique on the rue Saint-Honore where he developed his activity as a grocer and candler. His candles were purchased to light parishes and homes. Utmost care was taken to make the candles. Its motto ‘Deo regique laborant’ meant ‘ They work for God and King’, ‘they’ being the bees. The wax is carefully harvested from the hive before being filtered, washed, and exposed to sunlight in order to obtain the purest white possible. The exquisite and perfectly white candles from the house were lighted even in the court of Louis the 15th and in the kingdom’s largest parishes. It was not just the immaculate color but the burning time of the candles was really long and they did not splutter. Even in 1789, the house supplied Versailles up to the last days of the Ancient Regime and survived through the French Revolution.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Then in 1811, when Napoleon the 1st was crowned, the house supplied the imperial court with the candles. The emperor gave his son only one present the day he was born, a Trudon pillar candle adorned with three gold coins showing Napolean’s profile, the Imperial Pillar Candle. In 2007, the company took the name ‘Cire Trudon’ and became a specialist in manufacturing perfumed candles. Today, it enlists well-known ‘noses’ to create perfumes for the stories it wishes to tell. Each candle is still dripped and made by hand, perpetuating a luxury manufacturing which helps perpetuates the skills of its founder, Claude Trudon.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Few of the striking features I would like to bring to your attention are below:

The wax formulas of the Trudon candles are the fruit of specific developments which are the source of its exceptional olfactory and burning qualities. When correctly taken care of, no smoke leaves a Trudon candle and no wax is left on the sides of the glass.

Each glass is unique and hand-crafted in Tuscany. Their shape is inspired by champagne buckets.

The wicks are made of cotton. One can find many types of wicks, characterized by their weaving and their diameter. The wicks are chosen depending on the shape and size of the glasses, as well as the burning characteristics of each candle.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Elaborated in partnership with renowned perfumers, all Trudon fragrances are developed with utmost care and patience. From the selection of raw materials, the trials in the in-house laboratory, until the final application in wax, many steps pave the way to the birth of a Trudon candle fragrance.

The beehive symbol pays tribute to the bees that contributed to the quality of the Maison Trudon candles throughout the centuries.

The Cire Trudon emblem is inspired by a bas relief found at the old Royal Wax Manufacture which used to belong to the Trudon family. Situated in Antony, near Paris, it now belongs to the Church.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Cire Trudon candles are the true luxury candles which showcase the highest quality and craftsmanship one can ever imagine. From the luxurious packaging to the rich, luscious scents combined with a long burning time, it is all one can expect from the prestigious house. In this feature, I am sharing three beautiful candles from the house which are an epitome of perfection in themselves.

Cire Trudon Abd El Kader 

A gust of freedom blowing from the Mascara coast and the mountains picks up on its way the green scents of fresh mint, the rashness of fights, ginger’s hot and peppered air and the perfume of tea and tobacco from the Ouled Nail tribe. The keynotes fragrance are below:

Head notes are Apple, Blackcurrent Bud, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Spearmint

Heart note is Jasmine

Base note is Vanilla

Born in 1808 near the town of Mascara in Algeria, Abd El Kader was a politician and military leader, as well as a writer, poet and philosopher who founded the Algerian state. Nicknamed “the friend of the French”, he was said to be enlightened and cultivated. A man who always fought with honour, he was highly respected even by his enemies.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Cire Trudon Madurai

Cire Trudon Madurai candle is part of Les Belles Matieres collection. The Duke of Tuscany first brought jasmine in India in 1690, a flower originally from Arabia. Whether fresh or dried, they still play a quintessential role in India’s myths, legends and daily rituals. At times, jasminum sambac perfumes loose-leaf tea; at others, it is braided into floral necklaces. Revered spiritually, the odorant flower turns into an offering in Hindu temples. The keynotes of the fragrance are:

Head note is Ylang-Ylang

Heart notes are Sambac Jasmine absolute

Base note is Benzoin Resin

In the Southern part of the country, Maduraï offers among the most beautiful temples of India. Well known for the culture of jasmine, it is also a significant Tamil cultural centre, built on the banks of the river Vaigai. The city draws its history from a legend saying that god Shiva blessed the ground with the divine nectar escaping its hair.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Cire Trudon Mademoiselle de la Valliere

The secret powers of a bare flower for the love of Louis XIV, Melle de La Vallière surrounded herself with a bastion of sweet and shattering intensity of tuberoses. Damp fragrance of an intoxicating love : from the King’s bedroom to her convent, Louise de la Vallière personifies this deeply sensual flower, whose plump and overwhelming scents represent true, dazzling and almost spiritual love. The keynotes of the fragrance are:

Head notes are Bergamot, Galbanum, Orange Blossom

Middle notes are Jasmine, Tuberose, Ylang-Ylang

Base notes are Benzoin Resin, Cistus, Musk

Françoise Louise de la Vallière was secretly in love with King Louis XIV, who made her one of his favourites. She bore him four children in the utmost secrecy. She crowded her bed with tuberoses to quell the queen’s suspicions “…by inhaling these scents that were so dangerous to her condition, she thought she was risking her life, but she hoped to save her honour”… (excerpted from “La Duchesse de Lavallière” by Stéphanie Félicité de Genlis). Abandoned for Athénaïs de Montespan who took her place in the king’s heart, she retired to Carmel and became “Sister Louise of Mercy”

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

The scents from Cire Trudon are available in form of scented cameo wax. The scented cameo wax goes on the ceramic dish of La Promeneuse. La Promeneuse is a decorative object designed to diffuse the Cire Trudon fragrances. After placing a cameo in the ceramic dish, light a night-light beneath it. The heated cameo will melt and spread its fragrance rapidly into the air.
La Promeneuse allows to easily change fragrances. Once the night-light is lit, the heated cameo will melt and spread its fragrance rapidly into the air. A scented wax cameo will diffuse 8 hours approximately.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

I would highly recommend you to check Cire Trudon Candles, they have been around forever and they are the best, believe me! Cire Trudon Classic Collection is available at Gravity Pope, Putti Fine Furnishing, Pink Tartan, Avenue Road, and KANDL Artistique. Cire Trudon Madurai from Les Belles Matieres collection is available at Gravity Pope and Putti Fine Furnishing.

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I have been a big fan of By Terry products, the latest being the Hippy Chic Summer 2018 Collection which I am constantly using since I reviewed them along with the new UV base and Mascara. I am so excited to share with you the new foundation base from the brand which I have been testing since last week. By Terry’s Nude-Expert Duo Stick features a half-foundation, half-highlighter formula that blurs imperfections and controls shine, leaving the skin with a radiant matte, filter-like finish. The foundation delivers buildable sheer-to-full coverage, while the highlighter adds a touch of luminosity.

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation Review + Swatches

As per the official description, ‘Get the best of both worlds with the foundation-meets-highlighter stick that gives you radiant, skin-filtering coverage in one swipe. Half of the stick gives you weightless foundation coverage with a matte finish while the other half adds a touch of radiance for a soft-focus, skin-filtering effect. BY TERRY Nude-Expert Duo Stick blurs imperfections and evens out skin tone with a flawless, just-like-skin finish.

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation Review + Swatches

  • Intensive Mimetic Camouflage® technology absorbs, refracts, and diffuses light to camouflage fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging
  • Pixel-focus powder pigments seamlessly glide onto skin to blur imperfections
  • The travel-friendly size and built-in blending sponge let you a skin-perfecting glow on the go

Swipe across your face and blend using the attached sponge applicator or fingertips. For spot coverage and touch-ups, tap the foundation side over trouble areas and blend. Glide the highlighter side over cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and brow bones for extra radiance.’

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation Review + Swatches

I am really enjoying this stick foundation with the radiant finish. By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation has twist-up stick on one end and a sponge applicator on the other end. The stick has two products in one, one half is the foundation and the other half is the highlighter.

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation Review + Swatches

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation is a beautiful velvety smooth cream foundation in a stick which has buildable coverage. It glides on really easily on the skin and is very easy to blend. The foundation and highlighter in one give a really beautiful and radiant finish, it does not look like that the half highlighter part is more dominant but it is just perfect that it looks naturally radiant and a beautiful natural glow along with an even skin with medium coverage. I do use my spot concealer with this stick but otherwise, I do not feel the need to use anything to brighten up my undereye, it seems to be enough for me. The creamy formula does not feel greasy or heavy after application or even during the day but is lightweight.

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation Review + Swatches

Another great thing is the lasting power, I have been really enjoying this for over 7-8 hours and as the day passes by, it looks more and more natural and radiant, like it melts into the skin and makes the skin look so naturally radiant. I apply it straight from the stick and glide it from the center of my face outward. I blend with the brush, with my fingertips, or with the attached sponge, it is so easy to blend and work with. I am really impressed with how effortless it is to use and how easy it is to look glowy and radiant with an even skin. The packaging is perfect for me to keep this in my bag for touchups and even for traveling.

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation Review + Swatches

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation is available in 10 shades which I have swatched below for your reference.

1 Fair Beige – Matte very fair foundation and sheer pearl highlighter

2 Neutral Beige – Matte cool light foundation and sheer pearl highlighter

2.5 Nude Light – Matte neutral light foundation and sheer pearl highlighter

3 Cream Beige – Matte warm beige foundation and sheer pearl highlighter

4 Rosy Beige – Matte cool beige foundation and sheer pearl highlighter

5 Peach Beige – Matte neutral tan foundation and golden pearl highlighter

7 Vanilla Beige – Matte warm tan foundation and golden pearl highlighter

9 Honey Beige – Matte deep tan foundation and golden pearl highlighter

10 Golden Sand – Matte cool deep foundation and golden pearl highlighter

15 Golden Brown – Matte neutral dark foundation and golden pearl highlighter

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation Review + Swatches

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation Review + Swatches

For my medium tan skin tone, my closest match is 9 Honey Beige as my base and 15 Golden brown for contouring my jawline and cheeks. As you see in the pictures, the highlighter in the first five shades have a champagne pearl color while the second five shades have a sheer golden champagne color highlighter.  I like how the highlighter matches with the shades to suit the skin tones to give a natural radiance. There is a nice sweet scent in the formula but fades away pretty quickly.

Overall, this is a really nice everyday base if you are looking for something that looks natural, is lightweight, radiant, medium coverage, long-lasting, and luxurious. By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, SpaceNK, Beautylish, Net A Porter, Barneys New York,

 

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